Section 1 - Supporting Procedures

Section 1 - Supporting Procedures

 

1.1 - Responding to Incidents
This module is relevant to all those who respond to emergency incidents for and on behalf of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. This includes wholetime staff responding from stations, as well as flexible duty officers, day staffing, retained, and support staff required responding from home.

1.2 - Dealing with Incident
This module deals with all matters that support the IC and crews attending emergency incidents. That is from arrival at the scene until the commencement of the closing down and recovery phase of the incident.
It is relevant to all those who respond to emergency incidents for and on behalf of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. This includes flexible duty officers, whole-time, LLAR, day staffing, retained duty systems. It also applies to support staffs that are required to attend incidents.

1.3 -Closing the Incident
For the purposes of this module the term ’closing the incident’ should be considered as the period from the start of the ‘recovery phase’ of operations, up to returning to station or being available for redirection.
Larger incidents may move into the ‘recovery phase’ which can be managed by other agencies. There may be instances where MFRS involvement ends early and liaison for release of resources may be via other, controlling agency senior officers or via Gold or Silver command structure.

1.4A - Incident Command - General
This document and the related risk assessment provide generic guidance on the hazards, risks and control measures that relate to the Incident Command System structure and considerations at General incidents. It is supplemented by SOP 1.4B which relates to Major Incident Command structure and considerations.

1.4B - Incident Command - Major
This document provides generic guidance on the hazards, risks and controls measures that relate to Incident Command at Major incidents. Incident command at General incidents is dealt with separately in

1.4C - Incident Command - Plans
This document provides generic guidance to officers on the name, type and location of Major Incident contingency plans.

1.5 - Mobilising & Communication
The Service has a statutory duty under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 Section 7 to have efficient arrangements in place for dealing with calls for help and the summoning of personnel. This SOP details how Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service implement those statutory duties.

1.6 - Breathing Apparatus
This document and the related risk assessment provide generic guidance on the hazards, risks and control measures that relate to Service personnel using Breathing Apparatus.
 It is the policy of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service that maximum possible use is made of breathing apparatus (BA) at incidents.

1.7 - Driving Service Vehicles

This module and the related risk assessment provide generic guidance on the hazards, risks and controls measures that relate to personnel driving Service vehicles for work purposes.

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