How to write a salvage plan

Salvage Plans are just one part of an Emergency Response Plan, but a crucial part if you have items that might need to be salvaged.

A good Salvage Plan is made up of a few different documents, and we've included templates and examples of those documents (provided by Historic England) below.

Examples and templates

Inventory of Priority Objects example

Download DOC (42kb)

Grab sheet examples

Download DOC (13,822kb)

Inventory of salvaged objects template

Download DOC (113kb)

Salvage recovery areas example

Download DOC (201kb)

Salvage store equipment list

Download DOC (216kb)

Incident Management Structure for salvage

Download DOC (49kb)

5 steps to emergency response and plans

Download PDF (100kb)

Considerations for choosing your priority objects

In an emergency situation firefighters may be operating in a dark, smoke-filled environment, wearing breathing apparatus and protective wear. In these circumstances it would be difficult for firefighters to remove anything very large, very heavy, or that require specific tools to remove. Please bear these limitations in mind when prioritising objects to save.

What to do with your finished salvage plan

We recommend that you keep multiple laminated copies of the salvage plan in strategic locations, which can be easily reached by fire crews. Consider keeping copies off-site to ensure the plan can be reached even if access to the premises is restricted. 

Make sure the people working in your building are aware of the plan and know what’s expected of them.

Need more help?

If you need more help creating your salvage plan contact our Heritage team who can offer you advice.

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