Control measure knowledge

Techniques employed in evacuating animals from a place of danger to a place of safety may take many forms and be entirely dependent on the nature of the danger, the species involved and the number of animals.

Specialist advice for animal rescue or animal behaviour may be beneficial for successfully evacuating animals.

Prior to commencing the evacuation, it is essential to identify an appropriate route to be used and a secure holding area for the animals to be moved to.

Further guidance can be found in the National Operational Guidance: Industry – Animal facilities.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Pre-planning with land owners, land managers and other people responsible for animals, to consider options for animal evacuation

  • Having mutual aid arrangements in place for the evacuation of animals

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Attempt to liaise with the owner of the animals before commencing evacuation

  • Be aware of the capabilities and limitations of the organisations in attendance, for carrying out animal evacuation

  • Determine an appropriate route to be used

  • Identify a secure holding area

  • Brief personnel on the evacuation techniques, route to be taken and the location of the secure holding area