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Control measure

Search in hidden voids

Control measure knowledge

Before briefing personnel, incident commanders should consider all available sources of information and assess the developing incident. Incident commanders and crews should have an understanding of the layout of various road vehicles, including passenger carrying vehicles such as cars, minibuses and coaches, commercial light goods vehicles (LGV), trains and aircraft.

Incident commanders should give crews specific briefings and ensure crews understand the plan. In structuring search plans, a thorough check of hidden voids should be considered. These include:

  • Under seats
  • Sleeping compartments on coaches, LGV, trains and aircraft
  • Luggage compartments
  • Toilets
  • Cargo or luggage areas

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure all personnel have an understanding of the construction of vehicle or craft likely to be encountered in a rescue

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure that a systematic inner and outer survey of search area is carried out

  • Systematically search for casualties including underneath vehicles, in hidden voids and surrounding areas