The emergency services and in particular Fire Services and USAR predominantly operate within a self-sufficient capacity. Incidents are usually concluded with structures handed back to the Local Authority Building Control representative, local District Surveyor, Stakeholder or Dutyholder following a fire, collapse or any instance where persons were or could have been trapped.
However, there are instances during a major, or significant incident when the Emergency Services may require the assistance or advice of a structural specialist. This is a decision made by either the Incident Commander or USAR Advisor (UA) via the London Fire Brigades London Operation Centre (LOC), National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT) or National Fire Resilience Control (NFRC).
In these situations, that assistance is often gaining structural advice or reassurance from a Structural Engineer or Demolition Engineer. This could be via secure comms or by attendance at the incident. It could require intervention which would be supported by the local Authority or Borough and it could require specialist equipment which could include specialist plant, props, pumps and materials.
Membership of NESST follows a thorough qualification assessment to ensure its members meet the specific specialist skillsets required to attend incidents at the most critical stage and ensure membership is nationally spread to meet the regional requirements of England and Wales.
Members of NESST provide their advice and support in the critical stages of an emergency response on a pro-bono basis. Providing expert advice to save lives and protect infrastructure is a moment of pride NESST members give willingly to support a provision we all take for granted.
NESST has been created to ensure the expertise that could make a real difference is on hand 24/7. Together our Emergency Services are even stronger.