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Control measure

Situational awareness: Approaching an unstable or collapsed structure

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Gather information

Understand:

  • How situational awareness can help to identify:
    • The safest approaches
    • The potential for secondary collapse
    • Structural stability
    • The need for physical protection of emergency responders and casualties

Secondary collapse

Understand:

  • The need to use appropriate routes, approaches and cordons
  • The need to restrict vehicle movements if required

Physical protection

Understand:

  • The benefits of using or creating hard protection barriers
  • How hard protection or physical barriers can be created

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Establish and monitor safe approaches to and cordons for the hazard area, avoiding underground voids at unstable or collapsed structure incidents

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish and monitor safe approaches and cordons
  • Be prepared to adjust safe approaches and cordons if required

Establish and monitor avoidance routes that keep emergency responders and casualties away from high-risk areas

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish and monitor avoidance routes
  • Be prepared to adjust safe approaches if required

Ensure emergency responders are aware of the safe approaches and the avoidance routes, including any changes to them, at unstable or collapsed structure incidents

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure emergency responders are aware of the safe approaches and avoidance routes
  • Provide updates to emergency responders on any changes to safe approaches and avoidance routes

Consider isolating or controlling vehicle movements in areas where this could impact on structural stability

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Isolate or control vehicle movements if required

Consider using or creating hard protection to isolate emergency responders and casualties from the hazard of structural collapse

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify or create hard protection or physical barriers that can be used to protect emergency responders and casualties