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Control measure

Effective and co-ordinated use of rescue tools

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Selection of appropriate tools

Understand:

  • The types of tools that may be used for the extrication of a casualty
  • The importance of selecting the most appropriate tool for the task
  • The need to keep the number of personnel working in the inner cordon to a minimum
  • The need to safely store tools that are not in use
  • The need to warn personnel, other emergency responders and the casualty before operating tools
  • The benefits of appointing a safety officer when tools are in use
  • The need to establish a safe working area around tool operations

Space creation plan

Understand:

  • The need to develop a space creation plan
  • The need to appropriately implement space creation techniques
  • That the size, shape and integrity of the structure may change while carrying out the space creation plan

Co-ordinated tool use

Understand:

  • The need for communication between the teams working in the inner cordon
  • The need to communicate with the medical responders about actions being taken

Rescue tool consideration

Understand:

  • The capabilities and limitations of tools used during rescue operations
  • The need to test tools before using them
  • The hazards and risks associated with tool use
  • How to reduce the level of risk while using tools during rescue operations
  • How materials may respond to being cut or moved

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Provide adequate protection between rescue tools and the casualties, operators and other emergency responders

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Select and use appropriate tools at rescue incidents
  •  Apply procedures to monitor and maintain a safe working environment
  • Consider using hard and soft protection between the casualty and the tools being used

Consider implementing an appropriate space creation plan

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop a plan to suit the needs of rescuers and the casualty
  • Consider that the size, shape and integrity of the structure may change while carrying out the plan

Ensure space creation techniques are being implemented appropriately

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure personnel are appropriately using space creation techniques

Select the appropriate rescue tool considering the condition of the casualty, space creation plan and materials

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure the appropriate rescue tools are being used for the extrication, taking into account the condition of the casualty

Consider the use of a water spray if dust and fibres are present, or when cutting laminated glass

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider the use of a water spray if cutting materials may produce dust or fibres

Consider appointing a safety officer to monitor rescue tool operation

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appoint a safety officer to monitor the use of rescue tools if required

Co-ordinate the simultaneous activities of rescue teams and tool operators

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure the activities of the rescue teams and tool operators are co-ordinated
  • Support communication between the teams

Establish a marshalling point to keep numbers of personnel in the inner cordon to a minimum

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use a marshalling point if required, to minimise the number of personnel in the inner cordon while tools are being used

Establish a tool area in which to store tools that are not in use

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide a tool area in which tools not being used can be stored

All personnel should:

Test and use rescue tools appropriately

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Test rescue tools before using them, including making test cuts
  • Use rescue tools appropriately, while considering the hazards they may present

All personnel should:

Reveal hidden areas to aid identification of components that could damage tools or cause an uncontrolled release

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Look for and expose hidden hazards before use by revealing areas to aid identification of components that could:
    • Damage tools
    • Cause an uncontrolled release

All personnel should:

Be aware that the size, shape and integrity of the structure may change during space creation

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use caution when using tools for space creation due to the potential impact on the structure

All personnel should:

Warn emergency responders and the casualty before carrying out actions using rescue tools

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide a warning to emergency responders and the casualty before using tools