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Control measure
ARCHIVED - Use common terms and symbols

Control measure knowledge

Without common terms and symbols there is a risk of misunderstanding between emergency responders and supporting organisations. At best this can lead to delays in obtaining support services and at worst people could be put at risk.

A common standard for terms and symbols is critical to effective interoperability between emergency responders and other supporting organisations, as well as intraoperability between fire and rescue services. Without a common approach and dialogue it would prove difficult to maintain interoperability between the fire and rescue services, other emergency responders and supporting organisations. This includes technical aspects of communications.

Issues include:

  • Words, terms, phrases, symbols or graphics with different meanings or context
  • Words, phrases, symbols or graphics with no meaning in other organisations

Tactical actions

There are no tactical actions associated with this control measure.