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Yes Noddy...the whole shabang! 

  • Do you fill out forms?
  • What temp it must be left at?
  • Who can shut it down?
  • Timings between re-inspections
  • briefing form for crew attending the re-inspection..................etc etc

Kind regards

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We consider "Leaving Open for Inspection"  when a fire is considered as extinguished, but circumstances exist that make confirmation, and the closing of the incident premature.

These circumstances maybe, hours of darkness, accessibility or awaiting large machinery to turn over deep seated debris.

The types of incident that can be left open for inspection are:

  • Wildfires: that can be deep seated, with possible embers burning below the ground. Hours of darkness present a significant risk of injury due to unseen hazards
  • Large tip fires: that can be deep seated, with embers difficult to expose without the use of specialised heavy machinery
  • Derelict buildings: due to the high risk of fighting fires in derelict buildings, close up internal inspection is not always possible
  • Other: it may be acceptable to leave other incident types open for inspection (e.g. collapsed buildings with deep seated embers), but this should only be done in consultation with the Duty Group Manager / Assistant Principal Officer

Leaving Open for Inspection should present no risk to life, no risk to property and no risk to the environment. If a smoke plume exist, contact a Hazardous Materials Environmental Protection Officer for advice. A specific re-attendance time should be logged with Fire Control (FC), so they can make alternative arrangements if the original Incident Commander (IC) cannot attend. If an incident has been left overnight then an appliance should attend at first light.

As ICs can be mobilised to other incidents or retire from duty, any IC can return to inspect the incident, but every effort should be made to ensure they are adequately briefed.  Acceptable methods of briefing are:

  • Completion and exchange of the ‘Ops50 – Incident Handover Form’
  • A detailed informative message logged with Fire Control, stating why the incident has been left open and any specific actions required

Consider nominating, or handing over to a Protracted Incident Officer to manage incident inspections. Any subsequent inspecting officer can close the incident if they are satisfied it is concluded.The use of thermal imaging is a supporting aid, but final decisions should be based on excavation, exposure and visual examination.

The ‘2 in 24’ procedure will not normally be instigated for incidents properly Left Open for Inspection.

If doubt exists, remain in attendance or arrange reliefs until the incident can be closed.

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