Aim To provide students with information about uncontrolled events.
Learning Outcomes At the end of the session students will be able to: Define the term uncontrolled event State the legislation applicable to special services Understand the role of other agencies List the types of special service the fire service may be called upon to deal with Describe the safe systems of work to be adopted when attending floods.
What is an uncontrolled event “An unplanned, undesired event which causes injury to people and/or damage to property” ( NEBOSH).
Legislation Section 3 (1) e, Fire Services Act 1947; “A fire authority may employ it’s fire brigade or it’s equipment for purposes other than firefighting which it appears suitable, and if they think fit make charges”.
Special services Two classes of special service; Emergency - no charge Non emergency - charge may be made.
Emergency special services Four main categories; The saving of human life and rescue or protection of persons Dealing with public emergencies The saving of animal life and rescue or protection of persons Requests to use brigade equipment.
Non emergency special services Amongst the most common are; Isolated flooding where life is not threatened Standing by at known fire or dangerous risks Use of equipment to assist contractors or companies.
Types of special service Road Traffic Accidents Lift rescues Persons trapped in machinery Animal rescue Incidents arising from weather problems Bomb alerts Chemical incidents Ring/ball and chain removal.
The role of other agencies Police Minimise danger to life and property Effective investigation of the incident Control and co-ordinate actions of other services Collate and disseminate casualty information Restore normal conditions.
The role of other agencies Ambulance Treatment and stabilisation of patients Supportive treatment at scene and en- route to hospital Establish communications for all NHS services Liaison with other services Maintain service in areas unaffected by incident.
The role of other services Local authority Voluntary sector Press and media.
Risk assessment at flooding Risks Rising water Weather conditions Specialist equipment The variety of work to be undertaken.
Safe systems of work at floods Full fire kit and appropriate PPE Depth gauge Full visual contact with other personnel Rescue craft to be operated by authorised personnel only Lines to be attached to crew members working near deep or fast flowing water Appropriate siting of refreshment facilities.
Confirmation Assessments will be based on this lesson and the corresponding study note Learning Outcomes Define the term uncontrolled event State the legislation applicable to special services Understand the role of other agencies List the types of special service the fire service may be called upon to deal with Describe the safe systems of work to be adopted when attending floods.
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