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Control measure
Establish effective communications: Confined spaces

Control measure knowledge

Appropriate communications are essential for a successful outcome to operations; both within the incident command structure, where they are vital to the incident commander in ensuring that the current objectives and subsequent plan are appropriate, but also between safety officers and crews. If distances are adequate, verbal communications may be more appropriate during the dynamic stages of the incident. Refer to the Operations guidance for further information.


Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure crews have access to intrinsically safe radio equipment for use in flammable or explosive atmospheres

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Use intrinsically safe radio equipment in atmospheres where there is a risk of fire or explosion
  • Allocate radio channels to incident ground functions and communicate radio procedures to all personnel