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Close personal contact

Close personal contact is defined as:

Maintaining visual, verbal communication and/or physical contact (touching distance) with breathing apparatus team member/s at all times within the risk area to ensure the safety of personnel and for the exchange of information within the BA team.

This can be achieved in a number of ways, including:

  • Attachment by short personal line
  • Constant physical contact between each BA team member
  • Remaining within touching distance

In circumstances where all BA team members are in contact with a hose reel, delivery hose or casualty, personnel are deemed to be in physical contact, providing they maintain visual (line of sight) and verbal contact (not radio communication).

BA team members will maintain close personal contact when performing personal safety techniques, such as hand and foot sweeping.

For further information see Search and rescue within structures.