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Control measure

Proceed with caution where there are signs of disrepair or structural weakening

Control measure knowledge

If a building is showing signs of lack of maintenance or neglect, personnel should consider the likelihood of unsafe elements, like floors, walls or roofs.

If a building is in the process of being demolished, it is possible that the structure has been intentionally weakened.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Look for signs of collapse, disrepair or structural weakening
  • Consider adopting defensive tactics such as external firefighting
  • Position cordons appropriately
  • Maintain access and egress routes

  • Liaise with demolition contractor or urban search and rescue tactical adviser to establish structural stability of the building
  • Metal security screens may be heavy and should be removed with care, ensuring that they are not dropped onto personnel operating below