FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING DESIGN
PROCESS SAFETY / SEVESO
EMERGENCY PLANNING
CRISIS MANAGEMENT
SERVICES FOR THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
CONFINED SPACE
MARINE
BREATHING APPARATUS
SERVICES FOR THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR
PROCESS SAFETY
MEDICAL RESPONSE



The first 20 minutes of an incident is a critical time and it is in this time frame that Emergency Response Teams perform their main function. In many Fire Authorities that is the time that it will take a Local Authority Brigade to mobilise to a site. In situations where a rapid development of an incident is possible the intervention by the on-site Emergency Response Team is critical. This applies particularly to incidents involving life safety. The fundamental statutory responsibilities set out in legislation relate to the protection of life. This is the main reason that some facilities need Emergency Response Teams to intervene before a Local Authority Brigade arrive.

There are obvious additional advantages for a facility of having an Emergency Response Team in the context of property protection and business continuity.

The ability of the Fire Team Leaders and the Fire Team members combined with their equipment skills and knowledge of the on-site systems are the elements which determine the standard of the response.

Cantwell Keogh & Associates provide a range of training services both on-site and at Castlewarren Safety Centre to ensure that response teams and their leaders are prepared for all types of incidents.

Expertise has been developed in the practice which combines engineering knowledge, process safety and practical emergency response experience. This results in the different elements of the on-site emergency response organisation having a complete information package on response options. Various scenarios are considered and discussed at desktop level and are then fully exercised with emergency response teams, team leaders and senior management groups. This is a requirement of the ‘Seveso’ legislation for high hazard sites and is equally beneficial for lower hazard facilities. The same training format is used by Cantwell Keogh & Associates for all sectors.

The practice has also been involved for many years in training Local Authority fire service personnel on the issues associated with responding to high hazard sites.