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Control measure

Use casualty transport equipment

Control measure knowledge

Subject to their own fire and rescue service provisions, the incident commander should consider the use of suitable spinal stabilisation equipment such as basket stretchers, scoop stretchers or equivalent, to assist crews in extricating casualties, and to reduce any manual handling issues for fire and rescue service personnel, while also reducing possible further deterioration of the casualty condition. Requests for suitable resources or equipment from other agencies should be also considered; refer to the Intraoperability and Interoperability section.

Refer to the Casualty care section for further information

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that crews are aware of, and how to request, a range of casualty transport equipment such as stretchers or equivalent

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Stabilise casualties until resources or specialist teams are available to assist with extrication of the casualty
  • Transport casualty using appropriate stretchers or equivalent means