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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

  1. Generic risk assessments: introduction
  2. Generic risk assessment 1.1: emergency response and arrival at the scene
  3. Generic risk assessment 2.1: rescues from confined spaces
  4. Generic risk assessment 2.1.1: rescue from sewers
  5. Generic risk assessment 2.1.2: rescues from confined spaces (silos)
  6. Generic risk assessment 2.1.3: trenches and pits
  7. Generic risk assessment 2.1.4: collapsed structures
  8. Generic risk assessment 2.2: ice and unstable ground
  9. Generic risk assessment 2.3: rescues from lifts and escalators
  10. Generic risk assessment 2.4: flooding and water safety
  11. Generic risk assessment 2.5: large-animal rescues
  12. Generic risk assessment 2.6: rescue of trapped persons
  13. Generic risk assessment 2.7: rescues from tunnels and underground structures
  14. Generic risk assessment 3.1: fighting fires in buildings
  15. Generic risk assessment 3.2: fighting fires in high rise buildings
  16. Generic risk assessment 3.3: fighting fire in domestic chimneys
  17. Generic risk assessment 3.4: fighting fires in open rural areas
  18. Generic risk assessment 3.5: fighting fires in farms
  19. Generic risk assessment 3.6: fighting fires using positive pressure ventilation
  20. Generic risk assessment 3.7: fighting fires in refuse
  21. Generic risk assessment 3.8: fighting fires in public entertainment venues
  22. Generic risk assessment 3.9: fighting fires in places of lawful detention
  23. Generic risk assessment 3.10: fighting fires in petrochemical plant and pipelines
  24. Generic risk assessment 4.1: incidents involving road transport systems
  25. Generic risk assessment 4.2: incidents involving rail transport systems
  26. Generic risk assessment 4.3: incidents involving air transport systems
  27. Generic risk assessment 4.5: working with helicopters
  28. Generic risk assessment 5.1: incidents involving electricity
  29. Generic risk assessment 5.2: incidents involving acetylene
  30. Generic risk assessment 5.3: incidents involving chemicals
  31. Generic risk assessment 5.4: incidents involving biological hazards
  32. Generic risk assessment 5.5: incidents involving radiation
  33. Generic risk assessment 5.6: public order
  34. Generic risk assessment 5.7: incidents involving explosives
  35. Generic risk assessment 5.8: flashover, backdraught and fire gas ignitions
  36. Generic risk assessment 5.9: incidents involving asbestos-containing materials
  37. Generic risk assessment 5.10: working at heights

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.