Operational Guidance - Part 1
29 Feb 2016

Hazardous Materials: Operational Guidance for the Fire and Rescue service

Hazmat

British Best Practice Guidance to help Fire and Rescue authorities to resolve incidents involving hazardous materials safely and efficiently.

Published by the Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance of the United Kingdom.

Major incidents involving hazardous materials in the United Kingdom are rare. Such incidents place significant demands on local fire and rescue services and often require resources and support from other fire and rescue services and emergency responders.

However smaller scale incidents involving hazardous materials are more prevalent and these may require a response from any fire and rescue service in England. The Fire and Rescue Service Operational Guidance – Incidents involving hazardous materials provides robust yet flexible guidance that can be adapted to the nature, scale and requirements of the incident.

The Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser is grateful for the assistance in the development in this guidance from a wide range of sources, including the fire and rescue service and a range of experts from a wide range of industries and other organisations.

It is anticipated that this guidance will promote common principles, practices and procedures that will support the fire and rescue service to resolve incidents involving hazardous materials safely and efficiently.