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Generic Risk Assessments 3.1 - Fighting Fires in Buildings

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Generic Risk Assessments 3.1 - Fighting Fires in Buildings
Generic Risk Assessments 3.1 - Fighting Fires in Buildings

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This assessment examines the hazards, risks and control measures relating to Fire and Rescue Service personnel, the personnel of other agencies and members of the public when Service personnel are fighting fires in buildings.

It assesses the issues which may be present from the building structure itself, to the contents and the tasks undertaken by firefighting crews.

There are four key areas that have potential to cause harm during firefighting in buildings:
  • construction and design;
  • the contents and use of the building;
  • the nature of the fire and operational tasks; and
  • working and environmental conditions.

The risks to personnel will vary dependant upon the tasks being undertaken and the resources provided.

Depending on the nature and scale of the operational incident a variety of significant hazards may be present. Therefore contents of other specific generic risk assessments may need to be considered.

As with all GRAs, this assessment provides a starting point for FRS to conduct their own assessments and produce their own Safe Systems of Work within the context of local conditions and existing organisational arrangements.

This GRA is supplied as an A4, loose-leaf publication. A binder pack containing an introduction to the series, foreword by Sir Ken Knight, contents, and dividers is available to order separately. The binder is the ideal solution for storing these loose-leaf GRAs. 
Department for Communities and Local Government
Published by
TSO (The Stationery Office)
Publication Date
5 April 2011
Publisher's Ref
GRA 3.1
Loose Leaf with Binder
44 pages
Approx Weight
0.25 kg
HS Code