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Control measure
Cordon controls

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

The need for cordons

Understand:

  • Why cordons are used at incidents and the agencies responsible for their implementation

Inner cordons

Understand:

  • The use of inner cordons
  • Who should be allowed access to inner cordons
  • Gateway controls
  • Safety management responsibilities for inner cordons

Outer cordons

Understand:

  • The use of outer cordons and what they will contain
  • Access control points
  • Safety management responsibilities for outer cordons

Hot, warm and cold zones

Understand:

  • What types of incidents may require hot, warm and cold zones
  • How to divide a cordon into hot, warm and cold zones

Exclusion zones

Understand:

  • Why an exclusion zone may be required

Air exclusion zones

Understand:

  • Why an air exclusion zone may be required
  • How to request an air exclusion zone

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Ensure that appropriate inner and outer cordons are identified, established and communicated following an assessment of risk to all people present

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify the level of control that is required for the type, size and complexity of the incident
  • Establish and maintain appropriate cordons
  • Ensure that people entering the cordon:
    • Use the appropriate level of PPE
    • Are briefed about the hazards, control measures, emergency arrangements and any other relevant issues

Control access to the inner cordon using methods proportionate to the type, size and complexity of the incident

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish appropriate gateway control systems for the inner cordon
  • Assign responsibility for the gateway control systems to an appropriate person

Establish a scene access control point to log all people operating within the inner cordon

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine the need for and establish a scene access control point
  • Implement an appropriate system to log all people entering and leaving the inner cordon

Implement exclusion zones if intolerable risks to safety are identified

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish an appropriate exclusion zone if it is necessary to preclude access for all personnel and responders from other agencies

Request police assistance to establish a traffic cordon or air exclusion zone if necessary

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify the need for police assistance to control traffic cordons
  • Identify the need for police involvement to establish an air exclusion zone