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Escape routes

Escape routes


  • The importance of identifying, monitoring and maintaining escape routes for people and resources
  • The importance within the LACES safety protocol for establishing and monitoring appropriate escape routes that lead to a suitable safety zone
  • Why a tactical or team lookout should be deployed to monitor escape routes

Understand the requirements of escape routes to be:

  • Pre-planned, to avoid confusion and panic
  • Communicated to all personnel during initial briefings and through further communication throughout the incident
  • Monitored throughout the incident and changed as required, with all personnel being informed of any changes as soon as possible
  • Established at the earliest opportunity
  • Kept simple – where possible using the quickest and shortest route upwind of the fire
  • Downslope of the fire
  • Other areas on the landscape that could result in dangerous fire behaviour