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Control measure
Identify the vehicle safety systems and communicate the information

Control measure knowledge

The first priority is to recognise that a vehicle is equipped with vehicle safety systems, such as supplementary restraint systems (SRS). If the vehicle is fitted with airbags, it is usually marked on the windscreen or the airbag container itself. However, not all systems will be readily identifiable.

As airbags operate independently, after a collision there may be an inactivated airbag in the vehicle. As multi-stage airbags have the capacity for a secondary activation, personnel should assume that deployed front airbags could activate again unless otherwise confirmed.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide personnel with access to up-to-date information regarding vehicle design, including vehicle safety systems

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Survey the vehicle internally and externally for signs of un-deployed vehicle safety systems

  • Not allow personnel to enter the passenger cell until the hazards of vehicle safety systems have been assessed, unless there is a threat to life 

  • Expose and identify vehicle safety system components via a 'peel and reveal' of internal trim