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Safety zones

Safety zones

Understand the requirements of safety zones to be:

  • Pre-planned, to avoid confusion and panic
  • Of sufficient size
  • Connected by appropriate escape routes, to enable access to personnel
  • Continually monitored throughout the incident and changed as required
  • Communicated to all personnel during initial briefings and through further communication throughout the incident. Close enough to be effectively used
  • Devoid of fuel (or contain the minimum of fuel)
  • Downslope of the fire

Understand why safety zones should not be located:

  • Beneath aerial fuels
  • Beneath or near overhead powerlines, gas pipelines, oil pipelines or wind turbines
  • Other areas on the landscape that could result in dangerous fire behaviour
  • Where access is via steep uphill escape routes