Hazard Moving vehicles: Roadways
Knowledge and understanding
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Understand all associated hazard knowledge
Moving vehicles may injure responding personnel or the public. They could also cause damage to fire and rescue service vehicles and equipment. Moving vehicles may include any vehicle using the roadway and the vehicles attending an incident.
Road users who fail to drive with due care and disregard controls or cordons may cause secondary incidents; these could include collisions with vehicles or personnel attending the incident.
The hazard of moving vehicles on roadways will be influenced by factors including:
- Speed and volume of traffic
- Road conditions
- Layout and type of road
- Reduced visibility
- Weather conditions
- Time of day
When dealing with incidents on high-speed roads, such as motorways or dual carriageways, working across the central reservation will present a significant hazard to personnel, members of other agencies and the public. The hazard is particularly significant if this results in fire and rescue service vehicles being parked in the outside lane of the unaffected carriageway, without appropriate measures being put in place to control traffic on both the affected and unaffected carriageways.