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Incident related hazards en route to and when attending incidents

Hazard Knowledge

The hazards en route to an incident may include: 

  • Road conditions, including parked vehicles, traffic and road furniture 
  • Members of the public, media, and other agencies  
  • Hazardous materials, collapsed structures or debris 
  • Equipment and vehicles, such as high volume pump (HVP) hoses  

It may be necessary to proceed to the incident without using blue lights and audible warning devices, if using these systems will amplify the hazards for agencies in attendance.  

When moving or positioning fire and rescue service vehicles, collisions may occur that damage property, injure people or block access and egress for emergency responders.  

The development of the incident may damage fire and rescue service vehicles. The severity and likelihood of fire and rescue service vehicles being damaged or becoming stranded are increased by moving or positioning them away from roadways, designated routes or hard standing. 

It is important that personnel are able to access fire and rescue service vehicles throughout the incident, to access equipment or seek refuge where required.  

Egress of fire and rescue service vehicles may have become compromised by operational activities or the development of the incident. For example: 

  • Large quantities of firefighting run-off water or foam may have caused the surrounding area to become unsafe for vehicles 
  • Vehicles may have become surrounded by fire and smoke  
  • Collapsed structures or debris may prevent access or egress