The casualty that remains trapped is exposed to the environment and is unable to adjust to extremes of heat and cold. Both have a negative effect on the casualty's ability to survive injury.
Control measure knowledge
Fire and rescue services should:
- Ensure that responding personnel are aware of hypothermia and hyperthermia and their associated prevention and first aid treatments
Incident commanders should:
- Protect casualties from environmental exposure to reduce risk of hypothermia or hyperthermia