Site Risks - Fire and Security

Protection against fire, theft and vandalism, both on premises when parked and when vehicles are being used or operated off site is a vitally important factor. However what is often overlooked is the need to provide drivers/staff with extensive training in fire/theft prevention, use of fire extinguishers and appropriate firefighting techniques.

Negative Positive
Significant fire hazard presented by proximity to either hazardous or combustible materials. No previous fire, theft or vandalism losses on risk.
No Fire Department available, or response time is in excess of 15 minutes. Fire Department response time is less that five minutes.
Prompt removal of vehicles in the event of fire is difficult and/or vehicles are parked unattended on a public street. Adequate water supply (hydrants) on-site. On site security provided 24/7.
No security provided e.g. premises are unfenced, have no gate or are unlit. Staff have received extensive training in fire prevention, safety procedures in the event of fire and/or fire fighting.
High concentration of equipment / values at one location. Vehicles are equipped with satellite tracking and/or recovery units. Regular inspection & maintenance of these units by a certified contractor.
High frequency of prior theft loss activity.  

  • Ensure that assigned parking areas are not in proximity to storage or manufacture of dangerous and/or combustible materials.
  • Develop emergency procedures for fire response and ensure that all drivers/staff have received appropriate training. This should also address fire/theft prevention techniques, use of fire extinguishers and appropriate fire fighting techniques.
  • Equip vehicles with satellite tracking/recovery units and ensure that regular inspection & maintenance of the units is provided.
  • Designated on-site parking areas should be fenced, gated and manned by 24/7 security.
  • Best practice requires that premises are protected by suitable security e.g. fence, gate, 24/7 guards and prompt Fire Department response time in the event of fire.