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Fracking FAQ

Does North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service hold risk information on Kirby Misperton?

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has conducted visits, in accordance with the Fire Services Act 2004, Section 7.2(d), to the site in order to gather risk information. Following this a Site Specific Risk Information document has been completed.

Site Specific Risk Information documents are completed for all buildings/sites where there could be additional risks to firefighters attending incidents. They detail things like water supplies available and any specific risks that firefighters attending may need to be aware of for example if a building has the potential for rapid collapse if involved in fire.

The Service is a member of the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) with representation at all levels. Particularly relevant is the NYLRF Risk Assessment Group which co-ordinates risk assessment information for hazards and risks affecting North Yorkshire.

Third Energy have adopted the Control of Major Accident Regulations 2015 (COMAH) which includes the Kirby Misperton site and as such have produced an External Plan, which is held in a secure Government portal which we have the ability to access.

(Please be aware that in the interests of national security and commercial sensitivity we do not release copies of SSRIs).

How would North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue deal with an incident at Kirby Misperton e.g. a fire?

For the purposes of emergency response the site is classified as an industrial premises and arrangements are made as per other industrial sites with potentially high risk processes within North Yorkshire and the City of York.

When responding to emergencies at sites which are deemed high risk we can send a greater number of fire engines should information received indicate that this would be more effective.

Has North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service provided any specialist training to staff who may attend the site at Kirby Misperton?

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has not provided any specialist training to staff. However, staff based at the nearest fire stations will undertake site familiarisation visits once the site becomes operational. These visits supplement the practical and theoretical training that all operational firefighters maintain for the full range of emergency incidents they attend, including those at industrial premises.

All operational crews will also have access to the complied Site Specific Risk Information if they attend an incident at the site.

Has North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service purchased any specialist equipment for dealing with incidents at Kirby Misperton?

No the Service has not purchased any specialist equipment to deal with incidents at the site. The fire engines and specialist appliances that attend incidents at industrial premises are equipped to resolve the full range of emergency incidents. The capability and equipment carried reflects national standards.

Where can I find out more about the processes that will be undertaken at the site?

North Yorkshire County Council has an information page on their website which provides information about the fracking operations. You can view that page on the link below:

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/kirby-misperton-fracking-operations

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