Control measure knowledge

Identifying the materials used in the vehicle or craft construction provides key information to emergency responders when they are making a scene safe and forming their extrication strategies. Glass in vehicles or craft is marked to indicate glass type, but currently no standards exist for marking up other materials; alternative data sources should be referenced and operational experiences drawn on to understand the materials being tackled.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Maintain access to transport industry information regarding the design and construction of modes of transport, and provide to personnel

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify materials and systems used within a vehicle and communicate to all emergency responders

  • Use a range of information sources to identify materials used within a vehicle or craft and communicate to all emergency responders
  • Identify vehicle construction materials, pressurised air systems, hydraulics and refrigerants

  • Identify safe cutting zones from fuselage marking and gain access to any persons requiring rescue

  • Identify and communicate the involvement of super-single HGV tyres

  • Identify the status of ventilation systems, pressurised escape areas and intervention/access shafts

  • Provide sharps protection to responders and casualties around deformed metal and broken glass

  • Consider the management of any glass that might affect rescue operations