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Control measure

Personal protective equipment (PPE): Rescues

Control measure knowledge

All fire and rescue service personnel working in the inner cordon should wear full protective clothing, which includes:

  • Full firefighting gear, suitable overalls or similar
  • Medical gloves
  • Additional debris gloves or heavy duty gloves if handling cables etc.
  • Eye protection at all times
  • Helmet visors to be worn whilst actually cutting, spreading etc.
  • High-visibility jackets or markings

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to personnel who may be involved in search, rescue and treatment of casualties

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure all personnel wear PPE according to service risk assessment and procedures for rescue incidents