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Control measure

Use casualty transport equipment

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Removing casualties to a place of relative safety

Understand:

  • The need to protect the casualty from harm while they are being transported
  • The need to provide medical responders with casualty information that may affect their safe and effective transportation
  • How to use fire and rescue service equipment for extricating or transporting the casualty
  • The need to reduce manual handling issues for personnel
  • How to request suitable resources or equipment from other agencies to transport the casualty

Stretchers

Understand:

  • That stretchers and associated equipment must be fit for their intended use
  • That stretchers and associated equipment must be used within a safe system of work
  • The loading impact on the environment when using stretchers
  • The need to prevent injury of or hypothermia in casualties
  • That stretchers should be used in a horizontal position; vertical positioning should be limited to temporary use to negotiate obstacles

Motorised vehicles

Understand:

  • The benefits of using suitable motorised vehicles to assist with extrication and transport of casualties
  • How to request suitable resources or vehicles from other agencies to transport the casualty
  • The service’s policy on using fire and rescue service vehicles to transport casualties to a place of relative safety, including hospitals

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Consider using appropriate fire and rescue service equipment to extricate or transport the casualty

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use appropriate procedures and equipment to extricate or transport casualties

Consider requesting appropriate equipment from other agencies to extricate or transport the casualty

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider the need for resources or equipment from other agencies to extricate or transport the casualty
  • Request resources or equipment from other agencies to extricate or transport casualties

Consider using appropriate motorised vehicles to transport the casualty

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use suitable motorised vehicles to assist with the transportation of casualties

Consider requesting appropriate motorised vehicles from other agencies to transport the casualty

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Request suitable resources or vehicles from other agencies to transport casualties

Follow service policy regarding the transportation of casualties in fire and rescue service vehicles

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Adhere to service policy, which should clearly state whether the practice of transporting casualties in fire and rescue service vehicles is allowed or prohibited
  • Ensure that if the service policy allows for fire and rescue service vehicles to be used for transporting casualties, that guidelines about when it would be an appropriate and justified action are followed