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Control measure
Make a safe and controlled approach to the incident

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Safe and controlled approach to the incident

Understand:

  • How the service classifies emergency incidents versus non-emergency events
  • The importance of communication with the fire control room regarding:
    • The incident or event
    • Delayed or aborted travel to the incident
    • Safety concerns about the route
    • The safest routes and holding areas for attending vehicles
  • How the incident may affect approach routes and holding areas

Use of blue lights and audible warning devices

Understand:

  • When it is appropriate to use or not use blue lights and audible warning devices
  • Service policies or procedures on the use of blue lights and audible warning devices

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Use an appropriate response, based on the type of incident or event

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use the information received to inform an appropriate response
  • Consider if there are any safety concerns about the route being taken and consider alternative routes or actions
  • Select appropriate positioning of appliance considering likely, changes to weather conditions, escalation or development

Approach the vicinity of the incident cautiously and at slow speed, to minimise the risk of collisions

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Make a safe and controlled approach to the incident, especially in poor visibility

Ensure fire and rescue service vehicles use appropriate blue lights, audible warning devices and lighting

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use blue lights, audible warning devices and lighting in accordance with service policies and procedures
  • Use blue lights, audible warning devices and lighting appropriately, with consideration to road safety and the incident type

Consider the impact of weather when determining the safest access routes

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use information about current and predicted weather conditions to inform the safest access route to the incident

Identify the safest access routes, rendezvous points (RVPs) and marshalling areas, and communicate to all responders and the fire control room

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and communicate the safest approach routes
  • Identify and communicate appropriate holding areas and rendezvous points

Notify the fire control room if there could be a failed, delayed or unsafe response

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate events that may affect the progress of resources to the incident