Control measure knowledge

Cordons on roadways should be appropriate for the position of the incident, road type and speed of traffic. As the police are responsible for establishing the outer cordon at an incident on the roadway, they should be asked to provide a traffic cordon if required. Prior to their attendance, cordons should be established using fire and rescue service appliances to shield responders. 

Appliances can be parked in a ‘fend off’ position so that if any vehicles are involved in a secondary collision, they should be deflected away from the scene. The appliance should be protected by warning signs, lights and cones in order to encourage motorists to slow down and change lanes. 

In addition to the safety officers appointed during the incident, safety officers should monitor personnel and moving vehicles while cordons are established and removed.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide personnel with appropriate equipment to create cordons on roadways 

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request that the police provide a traffic cordon on the roadway

  • Position appliances to fend-off vehicles and use warning signs, lights and cones

  • Ensure fire and rescue service vehicles display warning devices appropriate to their position on the roadway