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Control measure

Establish an equipment, resource or tool area

Control measure knowledge

Fire and rescue service equipment or tool points, and good housekeeping in the immediate vicinity of the incident, help create a safer working environment for all personnel. Consider establishing a personnel marshalling point - a location for unused personnel from all agencies to congregate away from the immediate scene of operations.

For example, a screwdriver dropped on the floor in the extrication path of a casualty being removed from a vehicle by emergency responders may seem innocuous. But if an emergency responder slips on the screwdriver and loses their balance while managing the casualty's head and neck, the outcome could be significant.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have procedures for safe management of the incident ground including equipment, personnel and debris

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider establishing an equipment, tool, debris or personnel areas

  • Encourage the use of fire service equipment or tool area by ambulance personnel and other agencies