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Control measure

Highlight avoidance routes

Control measure knowledge

Before briefing personnel, incident commanders should consider all available sources of information. Team briefings should be based on incident needs and a plan should be constructed to achieve them. Continuous evaluation and review throughout the incident will determine whether the current objectives and subsequent plan are appropriate.

Consider the following sources of information throughout the incident:

  • Building and site plans
  • Premises information boxes (PIB)
  • Responsible Person (or appointed competent person)
  • Observation
  • External scene surveys of the building and area
  • Reconnaissance of the location reported to be involved
  • Information from personnel operating in the building and/or risk area
  • Witnesses
  • Occupiers
  • Other agencies

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that all personnel are aware of the risk and correct procedures for avoidance routes

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify sub-surface voids and highlight avoidance routes at building collapse incidents
  • Establish clear routes to the scene of operations and confirm them to all personnel
  • Identify any utilities not isolated and communicate to all personnel
  • Identify and communicate routes avoiding unsuitable and hazardous areas

  • Identify clear avoidance routes to the scene of operations and confirm them to all personnel