Control measure knowledge

Some rescue situations may require resources in terms of personnel and equipment that are beyond the capability of the initial response. Incident commanders should make an assessment of their available capabilities against the likely development of the incident and request sufficient resources to enable a timely extrication of casualties. Such resources may include heavy duty or specialist cutting equipment and heavy recovery vehicles.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have arrangements to enable the request of specialist rescue equipment that may be required at incidents

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request adequate resources to enable effective search and timely extrication of casualties

  • Request attendance of heavy or specialist rescue equipment (consider other agencies and USAR)

  • Consider requesting additional resources or specialist teams to assist with the transportation of casualties

  • Consider requesting specialist resources to transport people and equipment to the scene