What are cordons designed to achieve?
1/ separate those at risk, including Ff’s, from the hazard
2/ Facilitate the operations of the emergency services
3/ Protect the scene and prevent unauthorised access to evidence or property.
What are the 3 types of cordon on the incident ground?
1/ Inner Cordon.
Established around immediate scene of operations to restrict/ exclude access to the hazard.
2/ Outer Cordon.
Wider area separating the public from the areas used by the emergency services.
3/ Traffic Cordon
Set up by Police at or beyond the outer Cordon, to prevent unauthorised vehicle access to the surrounding area.
With what should the inner and outer Cordons be marked?
Yellow barrier tape with Hazard Zone-Do Not Cross.
White barrier tape marked in red with
Fire Service- Do Not Cross
What can be used to assist determining the extent of cordons?
1 Atlas and acetate overlay.
2 Command Support System CSS
Who should be informed of the presence of a Cordon at an incident?
Everyone on the incident ground.
What is LESLP
London Emergency Services Liaison Panel
Who are the tactical commanders at major incidents?
Fire and Police Silver
At major incidents who is responsible for maintaining cordons.
The Tactical Commanders (Police and Fire Silver ) will jointly agree an area to be designated as a Cordon. Fire Silver will nominate a senior Officer Fire Bronze to maintain the cordon
What’s the Fire Brigade command structure at major incidents.
IC - Fire Silver
Sector Commanders - Fire Bonze.
According to LESLP who has responsibilities for safety management within the inner Cordon.
IC = Fire Silver.
Inner Cordon to be managed by sector commander - Fire Bronze. Bronze to nominate Inner Cordon controllers ( min rank WM) and Inner Cordon recorders.
What equipment is available for inner Cordon control and where is it?
In the Major Incident Box On All CU's. 1. X IC Fire Silver Tabard 6 X ICC/ICR tabard 2. X Entry point signs and 2 exit point signs 25. X IC1 forms. 25 x IC2 forms 2. X Clipboards 2. X Aide memories 2. X Permanent marker 40. X Arm bands 1. X Roll security tape
What are the roles of the Inner Cordon Controller ICC
1/ control entry-exit points ( min WM)
2/ allocate each person entering Cordon a number in sequence starting 01.
3/ fill out FIC1 for each person entering
4/ each entrant to wear arm band with date, IC1 number, entry point letter. Arm bands in 4 colours chosen at random by Police Silver.
ICC to ensure each entrant is (i) wearing completed arm band. (ii) wearing correct PPE (iii) given safety brief including evac whistle (iv) told to return to same entry/exit point (v) ensure non brigade personnel accompanied if necessary
5/ ICC can allow persons to leave Inner Cordon for specific task as Long as they remain in sight.ICC has NO DISCRETION when admitting people to Inner Cordon.
What is the role of the Inner Cordon Recorder (ICR)
1/ record personnel present before the Inner Cordon was set up
2/ removal of personnel that have no role or incorrect PPE. Police to assist if necessary
3/ provide arm bands to those inside Inner Cordon that don’t have one, complete F IC2 in sequence starting IC2 01.
4/ arm bands to have date, entry/exit point IC2 number.
5/ ICR to ensure all those inside the Inner Cordon are (i) wearing completed arm band. (ii) wearing correct PPE (iii) given safety brief including evac whistle (iv) told to return to same entry/exit point (v) ensure non brigade personnel accompanied if necessary
Define hot warm cold zones
Hot. Area of greatest risk
Warm. Area of cross contamination, immediately around the hot zone. Contaminants should be removed here.
Cold. Between outer and inner Cordon. No contaminants should be here
What are the Cordon sizes for: Explosives Cylinders Ionizing radiation Biological risks Asbestos Hazmats Terrorist incident
Explosives = 500m
Cylinder = initially 200m
Radiation = initially 25 > or < depending on survey meter readings
Biological = determined by DRA
Hazmat= min 25m upwind. May have to evacuate upto 200m
Asbestos = 25m upwind
Terrorist. Suit case=100m, car /van 200, lorry 400. If in doubt 400.
Radio exclusion Zones. Main scheme 50m ( radio and MDT off if going closer) Hand held 10m. Pagers May be worn.