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Control measure
Be aware of seating and standing capacities

Control measure knowledge

Incident commanders should consider confirming the seating and standing capacities of larger forms of transport. This can indicate the potential number of persons involved, though it should be borne in mind that the vehicle may not have been full at the time of departure and may have had several drop off points. Refer to the control measure Review passenger/cargo manifests

Searching in larger forms of transport should be done in a methodical manner and in a way that subsequent teams can assist or re-enter and continue with the search. The use of seat counting and simple laminated charts depicting seat layouts can be useful in identifying casualties and as a reference point for subsequent fire and rescue service rescue teams.

Strategic actions

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

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider counting the seats to identify potential number of casualties