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Control measure

Gain access or entry

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Causes and impact of being unable to gain access or entry

Understand:

  • The common causes and impact of being unable to gain access or entry
  • How to determine the necessity and justification for gaining access or entry

Legal limitations for gaining access or entry

Understand:

  • The legislation regarding the powers for fire and rescue service personnel gaining access or entry

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Carry out an appropriate risk assessment to determine the need and legality for gaining access or entry by force

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Carry out an appropriate risk assessment before using force to gain access or entry
  • Note, and photograph if possible, any indication of criminal activity

Select the safest and simplest method for gaining access or entry by force

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine:
    • The best point of initial entry
    • The safest and simplest method
    • The most appropriate equipment

Implement measures to maintain access and egress during the incident

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine whether the initial entry point is appropriate for use during the incident, or if alternative access and egress points are required

Ensure that prioritised actions are taken to make the initial entry point safe to use, or establish an alternative access and egress point

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Make the initial entry point safe to use
  • Secure alternative access and egress to and from the hazard area

Advise personnel of the location of alternative access and egress points that are established after initial entry has been made

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure personnel are kept informed about alternative access and egress points that are established after initial entry has been made

Consider taking appropriate steps to secure premises or vehicles after access or entry has been gained by force

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Take reasonable steps to ensure the property or vehicle is left in a safe condition
  • Ensure the owner, occupier or responsible person for a property, or the owner or keeper of a vehicle, are made aware that access or entry by force has occurred

Prepare personnel for the need to produce an official form of personal identification if challenged when gaining access to property or premises

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure personnel carry an official form of identification