Fire prevention: Transport incidents

Control Measure Knowledge

A risk assessment should be carried out to determine the presence, type and quantity of fuel reserves, spillages and vapours. This may require specialist assistance, such as atmospheric detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) if the presence of fuel vapours may present a hazard.

If safe to do so, the power or fuel source for the mode of transport should be isolated. This may be achieved through the correct operation or control of features such as:

  • Ignition keys
  • Proximity keys, smart keys or keyless entry fobs, which vary in operational range distances
  • Cut-off or emergency shut-off switches

For more information refer to Transport – Identify and isolate electrical systems in modes of transport.

It may be appropriate to apply firefighting foam as a blanket to reduce fuel vapours from uncontained or spilled fuel. Ignition sources should be controlled, and care taken to use tools or equipment that have an appropriate ATEX classification. For more information refer to Utilities and fuel – Use intrinsically safe equipment.

Personnel and other emergency responders should avoid walking or driving vehicles across ground that has been subject to a fuel spillage. Fuel spillages will require appropriate environmental protection activities; for more information refer to the Environmental protection guidance.

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions