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Control measure
Apply situational awareness: Utilities and fuel

Control measure knowledge

Situational awareness concerns the perception and understanding of a situation, along with anticipating how the situation may develop in the near future.

Understanding which utility or fuel needs to be managed and controlled, and the consequences of isolating and controlling those supplies, will assist the fire and rescue service in making safe, informed decisions.

Depending on the size and complexity of the incident, other agencies and utility response teams may attend, making effective joint working critical for safety on the incident ground.

For more information about shared situational awareness, refer to National Operational Guidance: Incident command.

To make a judgment on the effective deployment of resources, fire and rescue services should be aware of the capabilities of the resources at the scene, the specialist knowledge available and the specialist equipment on-site and off-site.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Carry out pre-planning site visits and inspections to gain risk information on utilities and fuel, which can be made available to responding personnel
  • Participate in multi-agency exercises to test planning assumptions and familiarise fire and rescue service personnel with the utility and fuel industry

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify the presence of live utilities and isolation points
  • Consider site use and occupancy in relation to the presence of utilities or fuel
  • Obtain information about utilities or fuel from the responsible person (or appointed competent person) for the site
  • Identify any utilities not isolated and communicate to all personnel

  • Identify any sources of renewable energy generation such as photovoltaic panels or wind power