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Protecting the environment at incidents

Incident reporting to environment agencies

Fire and rescue services (FRSs) should have a process in place to ensure environment agencies are notified in a timely fashion of incidents that could cause environmental damage. This process is key for effective joint working and helps ensure quick and appropriate action is taken to prevent or mitigate environmental damage. It should also ensure that the FRS complies with the notification element of the three-part defence available in pollution control legislation if pollution results from its activities. For more information refer to Environmental law.

FRS control rooms should report incidents in line with agreed criteria. Incidents that may need to be reported include:

  • Incidents involving hazardous materials
  • Fires requiring four or more pumping appliances
  • Incidents involving firefighting foams

Appendix 4 provides a guideline notification criteria, which can be adjusted to meet local need.