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Moving, using and entrapment of vehicles

Hazard Knowledge

Fire and rescue service vehicles and other vehicles present could become trapped at wildfire incidents. This could be due to a vehicle being surrounded by fire or smoke, or by a vehicle being stranded on soft or uneven ground. Situations where personnel are placed in danger of being unable to escape in a vehicle, or to use a vehicle as a refuge, should be avoided.

Fire and rescue services should implement appropriate control measures to ensure all vehicles are used and moved safely at wildfire incidents. Vehicle movement around the whole area of a wildfire, both on and off-road, requires careful management as even unmetalled rural roads and tracks can be hazardous to vehicles. Fire and rescue service should also develop contingency plans in the event of any vehicle becoming trapped.