All fires start small. Detection at the earliest possible stage is critical.
- Smoke detectors integrated into burglar alarm systems to cover vulnerable buildings.
- Fire watch networks could be established and a procedure implemented for reporting clearly and accurate
A well co-ordinated response would include:
- The dedicated fire management team be alerted immediately with appropriate system
- Rapid deployment of fire fighting resources
- Communications to the local FPA, elected Fire Chief and / or Fire Services
- Progress of fire fighting endeavours to be monitored and communicated
- Careful watch should be directed on the fire out flanking fire fighters or fresh fire fronts being created
- Suppressed fires should be observed for re-ignition
- Those not actively engaged in fighting the fire should monitor and manage the risk ahead of the fire.
- Thatch roofs, buildings and the vegetation in surrounding areas should be drenched.
- Surplus combustible materials should be removed wherever possible.
- Staff and guests to be alerted and marshalled to a safe assembly or evacuation point.
- Emergency medical resources should be placed on stand by
- If possible setup a first aid and watering point for fire fighters
Finally, the threat is not limited entirely to flames. Radiant heat, dehydration and asphyxiation are also real threats to safety and must be considered. Responding to fires is potentially very dangerous.