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Control measure

Safe access and egress: Vehicles

Control measure knowledge

It is important to maintain safe access, egress and escape routes for vehicles at all times. The egress and escape routes in particular should be continually assessed throughout the incident to ensure that vehicles and personnel do not become trapped.

Wildfires

Firefighting activities may restrict or block vehicle access, egress and escape routes. They should be considered when implementing the LACES safety protocol and when developing the tactical plan (refer to Control Measure: Consider appropriate wildfire suppression tactics and develop and implement a tactical plan). Examples of things that may restrict or block vehicle access routes include:

  • Firefighting hose on roads and tracks
  • Hose from high volume pumps (HVPs)
  • Cables from equipment being used at the incident
  • Trailers and demountable units
  • Stationary vehicles that were not appropriate for the terrain

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make personnel aware of the potential impact that firefighting activities may have on vehicle access, egress and escape routes
  • Predict incident development and how this might impact on access, egress and escape routes for vehicles

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Use the identified access, egress and escape routes