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Team lookouts (safety officers)

Responsibilities of a team lookout

Understand how to:

  • Ensure that all personnel are fully briefed on the situation, their task and the implementation of the LACES safety protocol
  • Ensure all team members operate within the LACES safety protocol at all times
  • Monitor personnel and ensure safe working distances are maintained between personnel using hand tools and equipment, and between personnel and vehicles
  • Establish and maintain communications with tactical lookouts and other personnel as appropriate
  • Communicate relevant information to the team, other teams and with other personnel within the command structure
  • Plan, evaluate and monitor escape routes and safety zones and communicate any changes to the team and other members of the incident command structure
  • Monitor and communicate any observed or predicted changes in wildfire behaviour and firespread to the team, the incident commander and other personnel as appropriate
  • Monitor and report any observed or predicted extreme wildfire behaviour to the team, incident commander, tactical lookouts and other personnel as appropriate
  • Monitor and report the location of membersĀ of the public, vehicles and aircraft not involved in firefighting operations to the incident commander and other personnel as appropriate
  • Initiate and monitor the withdrawal of personnel from areas that become too hazardous