Fire and rescue services may require assistance for dealing with people at incidents. This assistance could include:
- Providing welfare or shelter
- Controlling members of the public, including crowds
- Dealing with unpredictable, aggressive, violent or illegal behaviour
- Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
Welfare or shelter arrangements may be required for people affected by the incident, either directly or indirectly.
Food and water may need to be provided to people who are not able to leave the surrounding area, for example, where transport networks have been affected. Or, depending on the scale and nature of the incident, it may be necessary to identify and arrange suitable locations and logistics to provide shelter for large numbers of people.
The following publications provide detail about such arrangements:
Members of the public may put themselves at risk, or encourage others to put themselves at risk – for example, to attempt to rescue a person, animal or property. Communicating with people about the risks they are taking or are contemplating taking may prevent them from entering the hazard area.
However, it may be necessary to request that the police control members of the public. The safety of fire and rescue service personnel should be maintained, even if they are faced with the moral pressure to act.