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Control measure
Provide adequate lighting

Control measure knowledge

Many extrications will need to be undertaken at night or with reduced visibility. Adequate scene lighting should be used to define safe routes, and scene of operations. In some rescue situations generator powered lighting may hamper operations and present additional hazards; battery powered lighting that is silent and does not create toxic fumes should be considered.

  • Consider how appropriate personal or scene lighting should be used
  • Ensure sufficient lighting resources are requested
  • Make sure generators are located at an appropriate distance from the scene of operations. This avoids exhaust fumes entering the void and can also reduce noise pollution
  • Ensure sufficient quantities of fuel for generators are available at the scene to ensure a loss of lighting does not hamper rescue operations

See National Operational Guidance: Operations - Manage hazards in the physical environment

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide operational crews with access to a range of lighting equipment suitable for use in rescue operations

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request sufficient lighting resources appropriate to the activities and identified risks
  • Consider using battery powered lighting to reduce noise and eliminate fumes
  • Locate generators at an appropriate distance from the scene to reduce risk from exhaust fumes and noise
  • Secure fuel for generators to ensure loss of lighting does not hamper rescue operations