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Control measure

Identify and maintain safe access and egress routes

Control measure knowledge

Before briefing personnel, incident commanders should consider all available sources of information and assess the developing incident. Team briefings should be based on the incident with safe access and egress routes highlighted. This should ensure crews are not exposed to potential risks. Underfoot conditions and prevailing weather conditions should be taken into account, with continuous evaluation and review throughout the incident to determine whether the current incident plan is effective. Access and egress routes from vehicles and craft should be maintained, taking into account that an alternative egress route may need to be established if the mode of transport becomes more unstable or moves.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure responding personnel understand the requirement to maintain safe access and egress routes

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify and communicate access and egress routes to crews considering the incident plan and environment
  • Define routes using physical barriers and clearly illuminate where there is reduced visibility
  • Monitor access and egress routes as the incident progresses and review the incident plan if necessary