An emergency plan, which contains clear salvage procedures, should be prepared in buildings where there are significant collections. The plan should include:
- salvage priorities
- salvage procedures for the removal or protection of priority items
- the personnel responsible for salvage operations, including a list of those who can be contacted in the event of an incident
- site and building plans with access information
- facilities for the temporary storage and emergency first-aid conservation of objects
- arrangements for access to essential equipment and supplies
These preparations could be compromised, however, if those likely to be involved in salvage operations are not appropriately trained.
Historic England, in conjunction with partners in the historic sector, offer you the chance to work with the Fire & Rescue Service and learn essential incident management skills.
The Salvage and Disaster Recovery Course
This very practical course will help you put theory into practice.
- Understand how the Fire & Rescue Service controls incidents.
- Use an emergency plan and work with the Fire & Rescue Service to salvage thousands of objects in a simulated fire incident.
- Gain practical experience by leading or working in salvage teams.
- Understand how to handle damaged artefacts and undertake triage techniques.