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Restricted or complex layout affecting extrication of casualties

Hazard Knowledge

This hazard relates to the impact of an internal layout of premises or complex access or egress routes on extrication activities. This may be due to the effects on a building from fire, partial collapse or complex layouts such as sewers, trenches and silos. Fire and rescue service personnel may have to use additional equipment and techniques to extricate casualties.

Teams should have a good understanding of the hazards they may encounter when extricating casualties from premises with complex layouts or restricted access/egress routes. They may be required to extricate casualties before fire and rescue service USAR teams or other agencies arrive.

Consideration should be given to involving specialist fire and rescue service USAR teams, other emergency services or appropriate resources and casualty care.