Control measure knowledge

It may be possible to relocate street furniture or objects away from the immediate scene of operations without affecting the stability of the vehicles involved. This should be undertaken if possible, to provide greater opportunities of access/egress for emergency responders. If objects are relocated, they should be carefully positioned so they do not compromise future extrication processes.

Where a vehicle has come in to contact with street lighting, agencies such as electricity providers may need to be contacted to isolate the power. Similarly, a tree resting on a vehicle may need specialist resources to be contacted to aid with the extrication, especially if there is an entrapment.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure their personnel can manage the movement of objects in a controlled manner, including but not limited to:

    • Providing training in kinetic lifting techniques
    • Providing equipment that could be used to 'lift and move' anticipated objects from the roadway
    • Establishing arrangements with companies equipped to move larger and heavier objects if required during operations

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify the need for, and request the early assistance of, other agencies, such as isolating the electricity supply or removing objects, especially where there is a hazard to the emergency responders or members of the public
  • Establish the location any given object will be moved to, before it is moved
  • Employ additional stability mechanisms if there is any doubt about vehicle movement; vehicle stability should not be affected during the relocation
  • Consider removing or stabilising vehicle contents if they are likely to hamper response