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Control measure

Specialist resources: Casualty at height

Control measure knowledge

If a casualty needs to be rescued from height, an early request for specialist resources should be considered to assist and support initial responding personnel. Technical and specialist teams have enhanced skills and equipment, to support the casualty and themselves while working at height.

If a fire and rescue service does not have a technical rope rescue response, they should consider identifying external agencies that can provide specialist rope rescue assets and put arrangements in place for requesting their assistance.

It may be beneficial to use joint on-site training to plan for potential incidents involving the rescue of a casualty from height.

Initial attending personnel should consider and plan for the arrival of specialist resources, to ensure their immediate actions do not hinder access or activities of those teams. However, they may be able to stabilise the casualty until the arrival of specialist resources, for example by maintaining an airway.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider using joint on-site training to plan for potential incidents requiring the rescue of a casualty from height

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Make an early assessment of the incident and request specialist resources if required

  • If possible, stabilise the casualty until the arrival of specialist resources

  • Consider and plan for the arrival of specialist resources