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Control measure

Access animal in transit

Control measure knowledge

Before attempting to extricate an animal from a form of transport, it will be necessary to gain the permission of the registered keeper of the vehicle, or the police, if damage may be caused.

If permission is granted, appropriate resources and equipment should be used to gain access to the vehicle to create space. This should be followed by using the appropriate manual manipulation techniques or mechanical techniques.

Guidance for gaining access to vehicles, including using cutting and spreading tools, can be found in the National Operational Guidance: Performing rescues – Hazard: Rescue tools.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure fire and rescue service personnel understand that permission is required from the registered keeper of the vehicle, or the police, before gaining access to an animal in a form of transport

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Obtain permission from the registered keeper of the vehicle, or the police, prior to commencing operational activity

  • Select the appropriate resources and equipment to gain access to the vehicle to create space

  • Use the appropriate manual manipulation techniques or mechanical techniques to extricate the animal