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Control measure

Gain and maintain safe access and egress: Rescues

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Determining safe access and egress routes

Understand:

  • The need to use all available sources of information and an assessment of the developing incident when determining safe access and egress routes
  • That it may be necessary to use equipment to create or maintain access and egress

Briefing on safe access and egress routes

Understand:

  • The need to brief personnel about the safe access and egress routes
  • The need for all personnel to use situational awareness regarding the use of identified routes
  • The benefits of appointing a safety officer to gain and maintain safe access and egress routes

Environmental impacts on access and egress routes

Understand:

  • The impact on access and egress routes of:
    • Ground conditions
    • Weather
    • Reduced visibility
    • Bodies of water
    • Unstable modes of transport
    • Unstable structures

The use of access and egress routes

Understand:

  • How many people will be using the routes
  • What equipment will need to be moved along the routes

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Determine the safe access and egress routes, based on the environment, conditions and requirements of the rescue

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish safe access and egress routes, considering factors that may affect their use, including:
    • Ground conditions
    • Weather
    • Stability of modes of transport or structures
    • How many people will need to use them
    • What equipment will need to be moved along the route

Identify and communicate access and egress routes to personnel who are involved in the rescue activity

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Brief personnel on the access and egress routes
  • Advise personnel to use situational awareness to ensure they are always aware of the routes

Consider the use of equipment to create and maintain access and egress

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine when equipment may be required
  • Deploy appropriate equipment

Monitor access and egress routes throughout the rescue incident, and notify personnel of any changes

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Monitor the safety of access and egress routes
  • Make changes to the routes if required
  • Notify personnel of any changes to the routes

Consider appointing a safety officer to monitor the safety of the access and egress routes for rescue activity

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appoint a safety officer to monitor the safety of access and egress routes

Consider the use of lighting or physical barriers to indicate access and egress routes for rescue activity

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use lighting or physical barriers to indicate access and egress routes