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At the
SHARP END
Jersey’s Fire Fighting Service
Major Incidents in Jersey Jersey that could create a dealing with hazardous
are rare however they do Major Incident. The Chief Fire materials,
occur from time to time Officer is also a member of • decontaminating people,
and the States of Jersey the States Emergency • reducing risk to other
Fire & Rescue Service are Planning Board and senior responders and integrating
frequently required to officer representation (Station with and supporting them.
bear the load of the Manager or above) is provided
response at the sharp for the La Collette Hazard The main focus of the Fire &
end. Review Group, Training & Rescue Service’s role is
Exercising Group, CBRN performed ‘at scene’,
There are two types of Major Group, Airport Emergency specifically, within the ‘Inner
Incident. ‘Rising Tide’ and Planning Group and other, Cordon’ (an area within which
‘Sudden Impact’. ‘Sudden event specific fora. hazards exist and only
Impact’ situations, as the essential, trained & equipped
name suggests, happen When the response is required responders may enter).
without notice and commonly however, it is vital that SJFRS
involve immediate and can move from its everyday ‘The Service is not exempt
significant threat to life, role of fire prevention and from Health & Safety
property, the environment or enforcement of legislation to a legislation or the requirement
the Island’s infrastructure (and fully focussed emergency to identify, assess and
sometimes all of them). It is responder role within minutes. manage risks within the
byRICHARD LIRON this type of incident the workplace, however, for us
Station Manager and the Fire Service’s
SJFRS is most often This will primarily involve: the workplace can be
Head of Training and Development
associated and they have a • releasing and rescuing anywhere, at any time and in
States of Jersey
role to play in the majority of casualties, any circumstances including
such situations. • fighting fires, uncontrolled and hostile
• analysing, identifying and environments,’ says Deputy
It’s not just the Chief Fire Officer Paul

The ICS is
response that SJFRS Brown.
hierarchical and
contributes to however.
command is
The Deputy Chief Fire SJFRS operates to the
Officer chairs the National Incident
unequivocal but, at Island’s Risk Command System which
the same time, we
Assessment Working covers planning, training
also consider it vital
Group, a multi- and delivery frameworks
that the concept of
disciplinary body that ensure:
comprising the • organisation on the
subsidiarity is Emergency Services, incident ground,
observed.

States Departments • incident risk
and key infrastructure management,
providers, whose role it • command
is to assess the risks competence,
of a wide range of • interoperability at local
potential threats to and national levels.
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