Control measure knowledge

A number and variety of specialist resources can be made available to the fire and rescue service during emergency situations.

When planning an incident strategy, fire and rescue services should consider the potential contribution of specialist personnel, not only for operational tasks, but also in improving safety and efficiency on the incident ground. Examples may include animal rescue units for controlling the movement of animals at a fire involving livestock accommodation, or a technical rescue team shoring up an unstable structure to improve access on the incident ground. These considerations should form part of the pre-planning stage when personnel are familiarising themselves with the risks at an incident.

Fire and rescue services should arrange and maintain specialist capabilities according to the identified risks within the area of the service.

Specialist resources may include:

  • Aerial fire appliances
  • Water supply and management (including high volume pumps)
  • Bulk foam
  • Bulk dry powder
  • Cutting extinguisher firefighting
  • Marine firefighting
  • Water rescue and flooding (including under water search and recovery)
  • Wildland firefighting
  • Technical rescue (including USAR teams)
  • Extended duration breathing apparatus
  • Animal rescue
  • Fire safety and investigation
  • Hazardous materials incident response units
  • Rope rescue and line working

Some of these resources may be accompanied by or only mobilised upon the provision or guidance of a specialist advisor – See Specialist Advice

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure relevant information for all available service specialist resources (including those resources used by neighbouring and partner agencies) is made available to all personnel

  • Have arrangements with neighbouring fire and rescue services and partner agencies on the shared use, procurement and/or availability of specialist resources

  • Where necessary, include recommended specialist resources in Site Specific Risk Information

  • Ensure operational personnel have an understanding of the National Resource specialist capabilities available through NCAF

  • Ensure specialist personnel where available form part of the familiarisation and planning process for special risks

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider requesting specialist appliances and resources to reduce risk and demand on deployed resources

  • Consider resources that may be available from neighbouring fire and rescue services and partner agencies

  • Confirm that required agencies have been requested or notified (e.g. Police, Ambulance, environmental agencies)

  • Consider requesting assistance from military agencies