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1.2 Messages transmitted and received over the Brigade’s main-scheme radio are recorded and kept

as evidence for a minimum of 5 years.


When attached to an incident (in other FRS areas) –use the nominated operational talk group associated with the FRS in which the incident occurs. This may be indicated on the mobilising message by Control; if not

the first FRS operational talk group should be used (e.g., FESX-OPS01
when attending an incident in Essex FRS)


2.3 Sensitive or confidential information, for example where messages include personal details of members of the Brigade who have been injured, should be sent

in a point-to-point message direct to Control, or by use of a mobile or fixed telephone (if available)


2.4 Other operational talk groups (e.g., FLON-OPS01) may be used with the permission of Brigade Control as an additional talkgroup if:

• The radio traffic is exceptionally heavy and the use of an additional talk group will ease radio
congestion; or
• There is a disruption to any of the communications networks.Major Incidents or events as


2.5 Messages from fires and other incidents are to be sent to Brigade Control as soon as practical after the incident commander (IC) has assessed the situation. Brigade Control will contact the IC if a message is not received within

20 minutes of arrival.


2.6 Where an incident is protracted an update in the form of an informative message should be sent approximately

every 30 minutes, or once every 60 minutes for incidents with 8 pumping appliances or more attending.


All messages are to originate from the IC and are to begin with

the officer’s role and name, e.g.
Watch Manager Smith.


2.17 At cross-border incidents when attending another fire rescue service area, appliances will be required to communicate with other Brigades or agencies. To avoid confusion, the use of self evident call-signs is essential. Call-signs will be comprised of

the brigade and station name in full, followed by the type of appliance in full, e.g. 'London Fire Brigade, Northolt pump ladder'.


2.18 Brigade Control will inform LFB resources of the correct talkgroup to be used when attending an
incident in another brigade. This information will be where?

added to the station call out slip


2.19 The address given by the caller may not always be accurate and Brigade Control sometimes
receive several different addresses for the same Incident. It is important that, if the actual address
of the incident is different to the one in the original mobilisation

the correct address is included in the first message sent from the incident. The new address is to be used in all subsequent messages. If the incident occurs in a small court, mews, or minor road, then the name of the major road is to be given in addition.


On any road where the carriageway is divided by a central reservation (e.g. dual carriageways,
motorways), it will be necessary to specify?

For incidents occurring on the
M25, it will be necessary to state?

the direction of the carriageway on which the incident
occurs. This will reflect the direction of traffic (e.g. southbound).

if the direction of traffic is clockwise or anti-clockwise.


2.21 When specifying the address of ships, or barges etc., it must be clear

whether or not the vessel is accessible to land appliances. When the vessel is in mid-stream the most accessible or appropriate shore location must be given.


2.22 Messages from fires and other incidents fall into the following categories;

assistance, informative
and stop messages.


The sequence of messages would normally be as follows:

(a) Assistance message.
(b) Informative message.
(c) Further assistance and informative messages, as necessary.
(d) Fire surrounded message for six pump fires and above or if 3 main jets have been used.
(e) Stop message.
(f) Further informative messages, as necessary.
(g) Requests for reliefs/revisits.
Not all of the above message types will be needed on every occasion from all incidents.


Status code

1 Appliance available for mobilising at a station by printer.
2 Mobile to incident.
3 In attendance at an incident
6 Available by radio, returning from a call or outside activity
“Second line” availability, carrying out Strategic Resource activity. Only
available in exceptional circumstances (or for recall in accordance with
Strategic Resource traffic light system).
8 Available for mobilising by telephone, (no printer available).
9 Mobile between incidents during batch mobilisation
0 Not available for mobilising
15 Mobile to stand-by, available by radio
25 In attendance at stand-by station
35 In attendance at stand-by location (non station location)
P (paging) Available by pager. This status applies to officers and selected specialist
appliances only.


3.2 The first message sent to Brigade Control must include confirmation of

the tactical mode being adopted by the IC in response to their risk assessment of the situation. The tactical mode is to be stated at regular intervals and in all further messages sent. An informative message must be sent
to Brigade Control whenever a change is made to the tactical mode.


3.3 All messages will conclude with the following as appropriate:

• “TACTICAL MODE DELTA” (Defensive).
• “TACTICAL MODE OSCAR” (Offensive).


3.4 The LFB use a number of coded ‘Stop’ messages (refer to training package). When a coded ‘Stop’ message is sent with no informative message, the incident will be deemed to have been dealt with


The transmission of the coded stop message will form the record of the
IC’s dynamic risk assessment (DRA) and removes the need to declare the tactical mode.


4.1 An assistance message is a message asking for

additional appliances, officers, equipment or
safety related information. An assistance message can also be used to request resources from or
attendance of other organisations. (i.e. police and ambulance. Water Authority etc.)


7 or 9 for assistance messages?

4.4 The priority request to speak must be used for all assistance and other priority messages.


4.5 Assistance and other priority messages include:

• Request for immediate attendance of further Brigade appliances or officers (i.e. “make-ups”).
• Running calls to incidents.
• Inability to proceed to incidents.
• Where persons are reported involved in a fire or trapped in vehicles.
• Where cylinders are reported.
• Requests for operational risk database and hazardous materials information.
• Requesting urgent police attendance at incidents.
• Requesting attendance of ambulance.
• Specialist equipment, utilities or services required.
• Initiating major incident procedure.
• Implementing civil disturbance procedure.
• Firefighter emergency.
• Implement water rescue Level 2.


What must happen as soon as practicable, following each assistance or other priority message?

an informative message must be sent following each assistance or other priority message. The informative messages should provide additional information about the
incident, the actions being taken, and the resources in use.


5.1 Accurate description of the incident and the progress being made. Informative messages are to include:

• The originating officer’s name;
• Incident location;
• Premises type and occupancy (where applicable);
• Dimensions;
• Area involved and situation;
• Involvement of people;
• Actions being carried out;
• Resources in use;
• Safe systems of work implemented;
• Tactical mode.


5.3 An initial informative message should be sent

within 20 minutes of arrival at an incident, or as soon as possible after the first assistance message has been sent.


5.4 frequency of informatives?

after reliefs have been implemented?

less than 8 appliances in attendance further informative messages are to be sent every 30 minutes; at 8 pump incidents and above further informative messages can be sent once every 60 minutes.

Informative messages should continue every 60 minutes or less following the implementation of any relief attendance at incidents


6.1 Stop messages are sent to indicate to Brigade Control, and to any remote monitoring officer, that?

6.2 A stop message only indicates that?

the number of appliances and personnel attending are sufficient to deal with the incident and that no further emergency mobilisation will be necessary.

the incident is under control not that the fire is out, or that
people involved have been located, released, or rescued.


6.3 There are two types of stop message that can be sent from incidents:

- a “coded stop”, used for the majority of small incidents; or,
- a “fully worded stop”, used if more than one hose reel is used, where further assistance has been requested (e.g. “make-ups”), at unusual incidents, or any incidents involving persons (with the exception of persons shut in lift or persons locked out, if no injuries have been sustained).


6.4 A stop message providing a description of the incident, actions taken, and resources used, is to
be sent from all incidents:

• where an assistance or informative message has previously been sent;
• where more than one hose reel was used to extinguish a fire;
• when four or more appliances are in attendance;
• where people have been involved and require rescue, or have sustained injury; or,
• where the IC has confirmed that they are attending a level 2 hazardous materials incident.


When is it unnecessary to declare a tactical mode?

6.6 If Brigade action has ceased at the incident before transmitting a stop message and all Brigade resources are subsequently leaving the scene, it will not be necessary to declare the tactical mode at the end of the stop message. However, if further Brigade action is required, the stop message (and any subsequent messages) must include the current tactical mode.


6.7 The format and content of full stop messages is similar to that for informative messages. Where
applicable to the incident attending, details are to be quoted in the following order:

• Name of the IC initiating the message;
• Incident address/location;
• Occupancy;
• Dimensions of premises;
• Extent of damage;
• Involvement of people;
• Method of extinction and equipment used;
• Safe systems of work implemented.