As a service we also have to train and prepare ourselves for incidents involving hazardous materials such as chemicals, biological agents and gases. We have the ability to decontaminate our own firefighters and large numbers of the public in the event of a major incident. We are responsible for multi-agency planning for industrial Major Accidents and have published a guide which you can find here and at the foot of this page.
The challenge of climate change has resulted in changes to the frequency and severity of flooding. We have an important role when large scale flooding occurs. We also assist householders and businesses that need help.
Whether fighting fires, performing rescues, carrying out humanitarian services or protecting the environment, our firefighters are backed up by highly trained, skilled and dedicated control room staff that coordinate the response to all incidents, as well as providing expert advice and guidance to the public in times of emergency.