Situational awareness: Transport

Control Measure Knowledge

This control measure should be read in conjunction with Situational awareness


Understanding the type of transport network, and the modes of transport using the network, will help personnel to carry out appropriate and informed risk assessments.

To carry out an appropriate informed risk assessment of a transport-related incident, personnel should have an appropriate understanding of:

  • Transport networks
  • Modes of transport, including their construction materials, uses and contents
  • The effects of operational activity on the transport networks
  • The types and volumes of people using the transport networks and modes of transport

The following sources of information should help to inform situational awareness throughout the transport-related incident:

  • Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI); this should indicate the location of:
    • Specified access points
    • Rendezvous points (RVPs)
    • Strategic holding areas (SHAs)
  • Emergency response plans, including event plans
  • Building plans for transport-related features such as stations, airports and docks, including:
    • Fire safety plans
    • Floor plans
    • Site plans
    • Evacuation strategies
  • Systems in modes of transport, including:
    • Fire alarm systems
    • Security systems
    • Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
    • Integral communication systems
  • Signage
  • External surveys of the mode of transport
  • Observations from thermal imaging
  • Information from:
    • Fire control rooms
    • Responsible person
    • Transport employees
    • Members of the public
    • External safety officers
    • Personnel operating inside the transport-related building or mode of transport
    • Statutory resilience forums
    • Other agencies

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions