Operational guidance for the fire and rescue service

This collection brings together all documents relating to operational guidance for the fire and rescue service.

Fire and rescue service personnel operate in a dynamic and sometimes hazardous environment. The activities covered include incidents involving fire, water, height, road traffic collisions, chemicals, biological hazards, radiation and acts of terrorism.

Operational guidance provides a consistency of approach and forms the basis for common operational practices.

The generic risk assessments in this series have been produced to help fire and rescue authorities in England in drawing up their own risk assessments to meet the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

On 5 January 2016 responsibility for fire and rescue policy transferred from the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Home Office.

Generic risk assessments

Operational guidance

Published 12 July 2013
Last updated 10 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added Generic risk assessment 3.6: fighting fires using positive pressure ventilation.

  2. Added Generic risk assessment 5.2: incidents involving acetylene

  3. Added 'Generic risk assessment 3.2: fighting fires in high rise buildings' and removed previous archived version.

  4. Added operational guidance: breathing apparatus

  5. 2 generic risk assessments added: fighting fires in public entertainment venues, and fighting fires in places of lawful detention.

  6. First published.