Hazard Fire, heat and smoke
Knowledge and understanding
|Fire, heat and smoke||
Understand all associated hazard knowledge
Fire, heat and smoke are always a hazard to rescue operations but in unstable/collapsed structures the effect of even a small fire will be amplified. There are many reasons for this, which include:
- Restricted access and egress
- Reduced ability to get firefighting media or ventilation equipment to the scene
- The possibility that fire could weaken the structure further
Incident commanders must consider not committing personnel to the area if there is evidence of, or a risk of, fire, and should also consider withdrawing any personnel if a fire is suspected.
See National Operational Guidance: Fires and firefighting.