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Control measure

Position fire and rescue service vehicles safely

Control measure knowledge

On arrival at the incident, fire and rescue service vehicles should be appropriately positioned to optimise their safe use and minimise risk, and to avoid congestion at the incident ground.

To minimise the risk of collisions when fire and rescue service vehicles are being moved, consider:

  • Invoking speed restrictions  
  • Wearing high visibility clothing   
  • Appointing a traffic marshal (known as a ‘banksman’)  
  • Establishing a marshalling sector  
  • Communicating with other emergency responders 

Fire and rescue service vehicles should be parked facing in the direction of the identified escape route, considering: 

  • The development of the incident  
  • Potential changes in weather conditions 
  • The use of barriers that may provide protection 

Avoid parking vehicles: 

  • Where they may block an access, egress or escape route 
  • In areas of flammable vegetation or fuel 
  • Upslope and downwind of the fire 
  • Under power lines or tree canopies 

It may be necessary to reposition fire and rescue service vehicles if they are at risk from the incident, for example due to firespread, flooding or collapsed structures.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide suitable equipment and PPE for personnel marshalling vehicles

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Apply safety measures to minimise the risk of collisions 

  • Park fire and rescue service vehicles in an appropriate position

  • Consider the potential effects of incident development when positioning appliances
  • Be prepared to reposition fire and rescue service vehicles if they are at risk from the incident