Fire Scene Operations

Fire Scene Operations


Consequences of Major Emergencies

Whilst emergencies can be caused by a wide range of factors, the effects will often share identical or similar consequences.



You are to write a report on the aspects of Preparing for a Major Incident focussing on mitigating the consequences, rather than causes.

You need to evaluate the service that Qatar Civil Defence Department provide in terms of operational response (cost and value for money), and community engagement and protection.

You should also focus on identifying new or changing hazards and threats from both local and wider environments.

This process, sometimes known as horizon-scanning, may include political, environmental, social, technological, economic and legal factors.


This assessment will test your ability to define and critically evaluate objectives, as described during this module, specifically:

  1. Describe and evaluate the risk management process
  2. Explain the roles and responsibilities of each attending agency
  3. Explain the strategic management process within a fire and rescue service in relation to service planning
  4. Identify how these strategic objectives are used by the fire and rescue service to analyse, manage and improve service performance
  5. Explain the principles, preparation, management and implementation of Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP).


Your 2000 word report should include the following:

  • Introduction; including why you are writing this report, who it is for and the aim and objectives
  • Scope; suggesting those matters which you believe are important for consideration and those that are not (out of scope)
  • Analysis; discuss in detail the themes and topics identified within your scope using the 5WH methodology (Why, What, Where, When, Who and How)
  • Conclusion; of your findings i.e. a summary of what you have identified for consideration
  • Recommendations; what YOU believe senior officers should consider, with timescales and approximate costs
  • Reference list

Students are encouraged to use appropriate sources of information. This assignment is set for the purposes of a summative assessment. It forms part of the culmination assessments of the module.


Students should make sure that they understand the task and so the lecturer may be approached to clarify aspects of the assignment.


This assignment carries 60% of the module mark.




REPORT REQUIREMENTS: Report is to be word processed and should be emailed to the Module Tutor/s. A format should be adopted, which will include a title sheet, contents page, and references. Report not to exceed 2000 words. Work must have a signed and completed coursework assessment cover sheet attached in accordance with the School regulations regarding submission of coursework.





Essential Reading

HM Government (2004) Emergency Response and Recovery

HM Government (2004) Emergency Preparedness

Tolleys Handbook of Disasters and Emergency Management, (2006) Butterworth and Heinemann

Laura G Kaplan (1996) Emergency and Disaster Management Planning McGraw Hill Professional.

Kenneth N Myers (1999) Managers Guide to Contingency Planning for Disasters: Protecting Vital Facilities and Critical Operations. John Wiley & Sons

British Standards Institute, (2009) BSS 25999 Business Continuity Planning

The Stationary Office (2008) Fire and Rescue Service Manual Volume 2, Fire Service Operations; Incident Command.

Clegg, S., Karnberger, M. and Pitsis, T.  (2005) Managing and Organisations. Introduction to the Theory and Practice, Sage

Gary Yukl (2006) Leadership in Organisations, 6th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall

Laurie J. M, (2005) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 7th Edition, Pearson Education Ltd

Drucker, P. (1990) Managing the Non-Profit Organisation, Butterworth

Drennan, L. and McConnell, A. (2005) Risk and Crisis Management in the Public Services, Routledge

CIPFA (2001) Risk Management in the Public Sector, CIPFA.

Fowler, A. (1997) Gurus for Government, ICSA Publishing Ltd

Further reading

Adair, J. (2005) The John Adair Handbook of Management and Leadership, Thorogood


Recommended Reading

Brian Dillon (2009) Emergency Planning Officers Handbook. Oxford University Press.

Buncefield: (2005) Final Report of the Major Incident Volumes One to Three

Huczynski, A and Buchanan, D (2004) Organisational Behaviour – an Introductory Text, Prentice Hall 2004

Johnson, G. Scholes, K and Whittington, R. (2005) Exploring Corporate Strategy, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall

Oakland, J. (2000) TQM Text with cases, Butterworth Heinemann

Audit Commission.

Central and Local Government Information

Department of Communities and Local Government

Information for Local Government from Central Government

Information for Local Government from Central Government   http:/ /

Public Sector Benchmarking Service

The National Forum for Risk Management in the Public Sector –



Supporting Materials

Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Journal

The report MUST be Referenced Using Harvard or Numerical Referencing style.


For Example:


Harvard referencing style:

Labelling by author name and year (Barham, 1996)


The References section of the dissertation will be in alphabetic order (not order introduced in the text, e.g. :-

Barham, R. (ed.), (1996) Fire Engineering & Emergency Planning, Chapman Hall International (Spons), London


Numeric referencing style:

Labelling by superscript1 linking to a list giving author name, title, publisher, place of publication and year, page reference,


  1. Barham, R. (ed.), Fire Engineering & Emergency Planning, Chapman Hall International (Spons), London, 1996, p47



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