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Manage incidents involving animals

SFJEFSS006 - Emergency fire services specialist roles

Manage incidents involving animals

Confirm with relevant others your tasks and duties in relation to incidents involving animals in line with your role, responsibilities, ability and experience

Position yourself at incidents involving animals in line with the requirements of your role

Identify factors affecting animal behaviour at fire and rescue incidents

Report any changes in animal behaviour to relevant others at incidents involving animals in line with your organisation’s communication procedures

Operate safely at incidents involving animals in line with organisational procedures

Use recognised methods and techniques to deal with incidents involving animals in line with organisational procedures

Maintain effective communication with relevant others at incidents involving animals in line with your organisation’s communication procedures

Use resources, equipment and personal protective equipment at incidents involving animals in line with their limitations, safety and operating instructions

Health and Safety

Organisational

Personal and interpersonal

Technical

The importance of maintaining the safety and welfare of yourself and others at incidents involving animals

Factors affecting personnel safety and welfare during response to animal incidents

Safe working practices of your organisation when responding to incidents involving animals

Measures available for maintaining welfare at incidents involving animals including rest areas, food, water and first aid support

Hazards and risks of incidents involving animals affecting people, property and the environment

How to use risk assessment information

How to use risk assessment information to make decisions

How to apply decisions based on the assessment of risk

Your organisation’s control measures to mitigate risk

Personal protective and operational equipment used at incidents involving animals including their capabilities, limitations and safe use

Requirements of your role at incidents involving animals including;

  • Policies and procedures to be followed
  • Up to date legislation to be followed

Relevant protocols operational guidance

Roles, responsibilities and limits of authority for self, others and other agencies in relation to incidents involving animals

Methods and techniques for communicating with others

Lines and methods of communication and reporting in the workplace

The importance of effective communications with others during incidents involving animals

How to treat others with respect and consideration, taking account of and accepting diversity

Information available to inform your understanding of incidents involving animals and how to access it

How to use appropriate techniques to move and position yourself and others at incidents involving animals

Rescue tactics and methods for controlling and extricating animals

How to maintain situational awareness at incidents involving animals

How to react to different types of animal behaviour

The resources are available to you, and when to select them, for dealing with incidents involving animals

Overview

This standard is about your ability to work as a team member to attend and control incidents involving animals.  This standard includes using personal protective equipment and safely operating equipment to control animals and to keep you safe at incidents involving animals.

 

Animals can have unpredictable behaviour that can change very quickly, therefore you will need to understand the key areas which may affect animal behaviour at fire and rescue incidents.  Throughout this standard, it is important that you communicate effectively in order to keep yourself and others informed and safe.

 

This standard is recommended for firefighters who attend incidents involving animals.

Target group

NOS Knowledge and understanding

You need to know and understand:

Health and Safety

K1

The importance of maintaining the safety and welfare of yourself and others at incidents involving animals

K2

Factors affecting personnel safety and welfare during response to animal incidents

K3

Safe working practices of your organisation when responding to incidents involving animals

K4

Measures available for maintaining welfare at incidents involving animals including rest areas, food, water and first aid support

K5

Hazards and risks of incidents involving animals affecting people, property and the environment

K6

How to use risk assessment information

K7

How to use risk assessment information to make decisions

K8

How to apply decisions based on the assessment of risk

K9

Your organisation’s control measures to mitigate risk

K10

Personal protective and operational equipment used at incidents involving animals including their capabilities, limitations and safe use

Organisational

K11

Requirements of your role at incidents involving animals including;

  • Policies and procedures to be followed
  • Up to date legislation to be followed
K12

Relevant protocols operational guidance

K13

Roles, responsibilities and limits of authority for self, others and other agencies in relation to incidents involving animals

Personal and interpersonal

K14

Methods and techniques for communicating with others

K15

Lines and methods of communication and reporting in the workplace

K16

The importance of effective communications with others during incidents involving animals

K17

How to treat others with respect and consideration, taking account of and accepting diversity

Technical

K18

Information available to inform your understanding of incidents involving animals and how to access it

K19

How to use appropriate techniques to move and position yourself and others at incidents involving animals

K20

Rescue tactics and methods for controlling and extricating animals

K21

How to maintain situational awareness at incidents involving animals

K22

How to react to different types of animal behaviour

K23

The resources are available to you, and when to select them, for dealing with incidents involving animals

NOS Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Manage incidents involving animals

P1

Confirm with relevant others your tasks and duties in relation to incidents involving animals in line with your role, responsibilities, ability and experience

P2

Position yourself at incidents involving animals in line with the requirements of your role

P3

Identify factors affecting animal behaviour at fire and rescue incidents

P4

Report any changes in animal behaviour to relevant others at incidents involving animals in line with your organisation’s communication procedures

P5

Operate safely at incidents involving animals in line with organisational procedures

P6

Use recognised methods and techniques to deal with incidents involving animals in line with organisational procedures

P7

Maintain effective communication with relevant others at incidents involving animals in line with your organisation’s communication procedures

P8

Use resources, equipment and personal protective equipment at incidents involving animals in line with their limitations, safety and operating instructions

Additional Information

Scope/range

 

  1. Sources and types of information
    • 1.1 Specialist animal rescue information
    • 1.2 Location, use and transportation data
    • 1.3 Local and national capability registers
    • 1.4 Local, strategic and major incident fire and rescue plans and strategies
    • 1.5 Historical incident information
    • 1.6 National, regional and local animal rescue strategies
    • 1.7 Polices, guidance, standard operating procedures and risk assessments relevant to incidents involving animals
    • 1.8 Relevant software and tools
  2. Characteristics of incidents involving animals
    • 2.1 Animal behaviour
    • 2.2 human behaviour
    • 2.3 control of animals (including physical and chemical control)
    • 2.4 trigger points
    • 2.5 Generic risks take on a dynamic nature where animals involved
  3. Risks
    • 3.1 Health and safety risks to people
    • 3.2 Property, economic and commercial risk
    • 3.3 Environmental risk
    • 3.4 Risk management plans, such as Integrated Risk Management plans and Community Risk Registers
  4. Others
    • 4.1 BARTA (British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association)
    • 4.2 CFOA  ARPF (Animal Rescue Practitioners Forum)
    • 4.3 Colleagues
    • 4.4 Owners/responsible persons
    • 4.5 Vets
    • 4.6 RSPCA, SSPCA, USPCA
    • 4.7 Trading standards
    • 4.8 DEFRA
    • 4.9 Emergency services
    • 4.10 Utility companies
    • 4.11 Media
    • 4.12 Members of the public
    • 4.13 Transport services
    • 4.14 Search and Rescue Teams
    • 4.15 Local and National Authorities
    • 4.16 Research agencies
    • 4.17 Voluntary agencies
    • 4.18 Other agencies
  5. Resources
    • 5.1 Internal resources
    • 5.2 External resources
    • 5.3 Personnel and their capabilities
    • 5.4 Veterinary/specialist support
    • 5.5 Equipment

Link to other NOS.

It is expected that this NOS will be used and applied in conjunction with other NOS which apply to your role in fire and rescue.

 

External Links

Fire & Rescue Operational Guidance - GRA 2.5 – Large animal rescues’ is available, and has been developed to provide UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) personnel with additional understanding and awareness of incidents involving large animals.