Carry out appropriate intervention: Fires in waste sites

Control Measure Knowledge

The timing and level of intervention will be determined through having knowledge of the site and the materials involved, whether there are rescues to be carried out, the extent of the fire and immediate risk to life or property, and the environmental impact of fire service operations. It is important to gain knowledge of any fire protection systems and facilities for firefighters within the site, including how they are operated and whether they are functioning.

To make an effective deployment, incident commanders should be aware of all the capabilities of available resources. Appropriate intervention should not be delayed, whilst seeking advice from the environmental or other agencies.

Priority objectives include saving life, preventing the incident from escalating, extinguishing the fire and protecting people and the environment. Guidance to determine appropriate intervention and tactical actions can be found in National Operational Guidance: Fires and firefighting and National Operational Guidance: Performing rescues.

Early liaison with the environmental agency and public health agency is recommended, as a decision will need to be made as to whether the fire should be extinguished or allowed to burn, taking into account the impacts of that decision. Guidance on environmental issues can be found in the Environment Agency and DCLG environmental handbook and National Operational Guidance: Environmental protection.

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions