Fire and Rescue Service Wildfire Operational Guidance

This guidance has been produced to give fire and rescue service personnel an additional understanding and awareness of the phenomenon of wildfire. It examines the hazards, risks and controls relating to Fire and Rescue Service personnel, the personnel of other agencies and members of the public at Incidents of wildfire. It also provides a point of reference for those who may be called upon to plan for wildfire events and for those incident commanders and personnel responding to such incidents.

Section 2 Preface

The objective of the Fire and Rescue Service Wildlife Operational Guidance is to provide a consistency of approach that forms the basis for common planning, response and suppression practices; supporting interoperability between FRSs, land management agencies and other rural sector stakeholders.[1]

These common principles, practices and procedures are intended to support the development of safe systems of work on the incident ground and to enhance local, regional and national resilience.

Operational guidance issued by Fire and Rescue Services Division - Scottish Government promotes and develops good practice within the Fire and Rescue Service and is offered as a current industry standard. It is envisaged that this will help establish high standards of efficiency and safety in the interests of employers, employees, partners and the general public.

This guidance has been compiled using the best sources of information available at the date of issue and is intended for use by competent persons, and does not remove the necessity for appropriate technical and managerial judgement in practical situations with due regard to local circumstances, nor does it confer any immunity or exemption from relevant legal requirements, including by-laws.

It is a matter for each individual FRS whether to adopt and follow this Operational Guidance and to assess the extent to which additional wildfire awareness and training may be required. The onus of responsibility for application of guidance lies with the user. Fire and Rescue Services Division - Scottish Government accepts no legal liability or responsibility whatsoever, however arising, for the consequences of the use or misuse of the guidance.


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