Fire

Working together to keep the water flowing; the National Liaison Group on Fire Fighting Activities reports on the provision of water for firefighting, identifying the need for careful pre-planning and risk assessment and the need for brigades to work closely with water companies.(Firefighting Activities)

To be successful in firefighting, firefighters must have immediate access to adequate supplies of water. Fire authorities have a statutory duty to provide an adequate supply of water for firefighting, and the most common source of water is from fire hydrants fitted to water company mains. Therefore operational co-operation must exist between fire brigades and water companies to determine the necessary actions required to provide and source water for firefighting.

The provision of water for firefighting requires careful pre-planning and risk assessment, establishing not only the need but also identifies sources of water, whether supplied from public water mains or other sources.

The National Liaison Group On Fire Fighting Activities (NLG) was set up in March 1998 under the chairmanship of the then Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions, to consider matters of concern to fire brigades and the water industry.

The objectives of the NLG are:

* To facilitate constructive and productive liaison between the water industry and the Fire Service at national level, and to support and encourage liaison at local operational level;

* To formulate frameworks for best practice that will assist both parties in delivering their statutory duties;

* To enable the water industry and the Fire Service to exchange information on operational and statutory matters; and,

* To provide the mechanism for information relating to the NLG to be disseminated through to their members as background for their companies and services operating at local level. …

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