Hazard Rail transport incidents
Knowledge and understanding
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Understand all associated hazard knowledge
The control measures for this hazard should be applied when dealing with any rail transport incident attended by fire and rescue services, whatever the size or complexity.
Fire and rescue service personnel need to understand the possible hazards associated with all operational incidents and general hazards that are associated with rail transport, rail facilities and its infrastructure. Generally, the movement of rail vehicles and the traction current form the greatest hazards within the rail environment.
There is clear agreement with the infrastructure and train operators that the safety of the public, rail staff and fire crews is the overriding priority when attending incidents. However, widespread disruption to train services can lead to long delays and substantial business loss. Therefore, power isolation and train stoppages should only be requested when it is considered there is a threat to life and property.
Incident commanders need to be aware that the isolation of power supplies, and the stopping of trains other than at station platforms, can have serious implications away from the immediate scene of operations
Therefore, there may be circumstances where it is better to monitor minor incidents from a point of safety and not take action that may have an impact on the free movement of rail. However, it is still stressed that where there is a genuine threat to the safety of the public, fire crews or infrastructure, these issues become secondary and power isolation and/or train stoppages will be expected to be initiated as quickly as possible.