Extrication Zone

Elevators, trains, and automobiles transport millions daily and are examples of “moving” machinery that are usually occupied with numerous passengers. The fire service must start identifying any machine that is passenger occupied and moving as “transportation” machinery, including elevators, escalators, passenger trains, and light rail. Working around occupied “moving” machinery presents various hazards to firefighters, especially since it’s the fire department that is first summoned during an emergency. We can no longer rely just on the experienced company officers and rescue personnel to recognize the dangers associated with these types of machines.