NFCC deploys tactical advisors to Surrey wildfires

Two NFCC Wildfire Tactical Advisors have provided vital support to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service over the weekend, as a Major Incident Wildfire was declared.

Working with the local command team, the national specialist advisors helped to develop a tactical plan, protecting infrastructure and neighbouring homes and ensuring the safety of crews and partners at the scene on Chobham Common.

At its peak, 40 engines, specialist units and 4X4s from Surrey, West Sussex, Royal Berkshire and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services attended the scene. Over 125 hectares have been destroyed, with the cause yet to be determined.

The last few months have seen a spate of wildfires, devastating local country sides and habitats. This weekend’s wildfires in Surrey are another reminder of how quickly they can take hold on hot, dry ground and the risks associated with these types of fires - putting significant pressure on local fire and rescue services.

As part of NFCC's national resilience work, we provide 24/7 support to fire services that are dealing with these incidents. Following a request from Surrey FRS NFCC deployed two tactical advisors to assist.

These large-scale fires are yet another reminder as to just how quickly these fires can escalate and the resource needed to tackle them.

NFCC would like to thank the tactical advisors and also the crews who worked tirelessly over the weekend to get the fires under control and keep the local community safe.

As yet the cause of the fire is unknown but it goes without saying people need to be mindful of looking after open spaces by ensuring that in hot weather, disposable BBQs and camp fires are not used and that rubbish and smoking materials are discarded in the right way.

NFCC’s Tactical Advisors will be on hand to support as required for the rest of this week. They were deployed through its National Resilience.

Assurance Team that works to ensure a flexible response is put in place as effectively and quickly as possible, to deal with these types of fires. The National Resilience Assurance Team works to the National Coordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF).


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