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Aircraft accident guide for first responders

Depiction of firefighters at an accident site

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety (DDAAFS) have produced an important guide for emergency services personnel who arrive first at an aircraft accident site.

An aircraft accident site is a hazardous place, especially immediately after the accident and the first people to arrive at an aircraft accident site face unique dangers and challenges. Not only do they need to render assistance to the injured and possibly deal with any fires; there may be significant hazards, including toxic and flammable materials, dangerous cargo—even explosive devices. And, of course, there is the danger that in rendering assistance they may be destroying vital clues or evidence that may help reveal the causes of the accident.

This booklet provides guidance on how to secure a site, manage potential dangers, and rescue victims while simultaneously preserving as much evidence as possible – evidence that may help prevent recurrence of such an accident.

Emergency services (police, fire brigades and ambulance) are often the first trained people at aircraft accident sites. To assist them manage the requirements and the dangers of this unique situation, the ATSB and DDAAFS have released a new edition of Hazards at aircraft accident sites: Guidance for police and emergency personnel.

This booklet provides guidance on how to secure a site, manage potential dangers, and rescue victims while simultaneously preserving as much evidence as possible – evidence that may help prevent recurrence of such an accident. The booklet includes a quick-reference checklist, as well giving a broader understanding of aviation safety in Australia.

 
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Last update 05 June 2014