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Control measure

Conduct or support investigations

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Conduct or support investigations

Understand:

  • The types and levels of post-incident investigations, and which agencies are responsible for them
  • The need to investigate and understand the causes of accidents, injuries and the behaviour of buildings, materials and people (to an appropriate level)
  • An individual’s right to confidentiality
  • The needs of individuals
  • The role of the police in an investigation

Health and safety regulatory body

Understand:

  • The role of the relevant health and safety executive in an investigation

Work-related fatalities

Understand:

  • The relevant procedures that should be followed for work-related fatalities

Firefighter fatalities

Understand:

  • The guidance provided by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) for firefighter fatalities

Investigating a fire and rescue service

Understand:

  • Which agencies may be required to investigate the actions of a fire and rescue service
  • The need to provide access to facilities and information to the assigned investigators

Fire and rescue service equipment accidents or faults

Understand:

  • The service procedures for preserving the equipment for investigation and notifying the relevant department in the fire and rescue service

Handover of an investigation

Understand:

  • The appropriate level of formality for handovers
  • The need to determine that the handover is appropriate
  • What information a handover should include
  • The need to be familiar with working protocols of lead agencies that carry out investigations

Multi-agency investigations

Understand:

  • The considerations for multi-agency  investigations including:
    • Lead agency arrangements
    • Roles
    • Legal powers and duties
    • Resource commitment
  • The need to establish arrangements for:
    • Information sharing
    • Administration
    • Media briefings
    • Team updates

Liaison

Understand:

  • The benefits of having:
    • Single or names points of contact for the investigation
    • A managed approach to liaison
    • Clear protocols for formal and informal liaison

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Report the potential requirement for an investigation

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Follow service procedures for reporting potential investigations

Support and co-operate with investigations

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comply with requests for information and assistance throughout an investigation

Protect the personal rights of individuals subject to or involved in the investigation

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognise the needs and rights of individuals

Hand over responsibility for removed items and security of premises to the responsible person or the police

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use an appropriate level of formality for handovers
  • Determine that the handover is appropriate
  • Include all required information in a handover
  • Acknowledge the working protocols of the lead agency for the investigation

Liaise with the police and local authority support teams at incidents involving serious injury and fatalities

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Participate in multi-agency investigations into serious injuries and fatalities