Effective management of tool operatives and maintaining crew discipline within the inner cordon will improve the effectiveness of simultaneous activity. Incident commanders should consider establishing a marshalling point for personnel to report to following completion of their task.
A safe working area should be established immediately around the tool operation wherever possible. Only essential personnel should be in the area (approx. 2 to 5 metres from the tool). Other responders and casualties should be warned immediately before the operation of tools by the use of terms such as 'cutting', 'spreading' or 'impact' to alert them to the potential for noise and movement caused by the tool's action.
At extrications a safety officer's role will involve overseeing the actions of emergency responders using tools and ensuring their safety. This wider view allows improved awareness of the impact of the tool operations, the item being operated on and those directly surrounding it.
See National Operational Guidance: Incident Command - Establish appropriate cordon controls and National Operational Guidance: Incident Command - Incident ground safety management