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Control measure

Stabilise the casualty

Control measure knowledge

The principles of casualty care listed below apply to all casualties, including trapped and non-trapped casualties:

  • Protect the casualty from the hazards associated with the event
  • Minimise on-scene time
  • Extricate the casualty in the quickest way possible, considering their injuries and the overall threat to their life

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide training to crews on casualty stabilisation and scene safety

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Stabilise life threatening injuries or conditions and maintain casualty care throughout incident

  • Stabilise casualties until resources or specialist teams are available to assist with extrication