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26 Jun 2020

ISO 17840 Information for Firefighters, End Users and Educators - Intro

Our ultimate aim: A worldwide safety & extrication standard for all vehicle types

CTIF, Euro NCAP and SIS have since fall of 2019 finalized an international cooperation to develop the international standard, the ISO standard 17840 "Rescue Information",  for the entire transport sector.

 

MENU:
    1. ISO 17840:
      • About the ISO project (text that is on the website)
      • Information for implementation
        • ISO into practice; (Kurt HOW)
        • Creating a rescue sheet or ERG; (Kurt HOW)
        • Translated information packages (GOOGLE DRIVE pdfs)
        • Toolbox (GOOGLE DRIVE ‘important information’)
          • Example Rescue Sheet
          • Example ERG
          • Link to ISO standard
          • Pictures/films
          • Printing info symbols
          • Promotion info
          • Templates and symbols rescue sheet & ERG
    2. Euro NCAP database
      • About the cooperation (teaser + Euro NCAP link)
      • User’s guide (Michel HOW)
    3. Articles & Press releases (Belgium example)

 

Why did we develop a new standard for vehicles?

Approaching a vehicle on fire or a vehicle which has been involved in an accident and where passengers need to be rescued, or where the energy stored in the vehicle ¨could pose a risk to the public, creates a need for first and second responders to quickly find information which can guide them in how to proceed safely.

With new propulsion technologies, the dangers and risks when approaching an unknown vehicle type can be quite different compared to traditional propulsion technology like gasoline or diesel. The standard therefor includes rescue information and placards for new / alternative propulsion systems and various types of fuels being used in vehicles, which may not otherwise be visible when approaching a vehicle from a distance.

 

Some examples of challenges involving rescue on new and alternative propulsion systems:

- Propane powered vehicles can explode much more powerfully when tanks are heated. Fire plumes can also occur when pressure valves are released, and fuel bottles can become projectiles travelling a kilometre or more from the accident site, if the correct procedure is not followed. This can not only put first responders are severe risk, but also pose serious threats to the public.

Electric and hybrid vehicles all have high voltage batteries and electrical wiring that can electrocute first / second responders and victims if cut incorrectly during extrication or if not disarmed properly before towing.

- Hydrogen and other fuel cells produce toxic and flammable gases which can behave different from gasoline or other traditional fuels.

 

All who approach an accident scene or a vehicle fire need to first be able to first identity the propulsion system, and secondly to understand the energy distribution within the vehicle body before any rescue attempts can be made safely.

New technologies and new variations of alternative propulsion systems are constantly being introduced on the market. A vehicle marking system and comprehensive rescue information is therefor vital in order to be safe during the entire phase of vehicle rescue, from the first approach, extrication and life saving to towing and final disassembly of the vehicle. 

With the aim to increase the safety for citizens as well as first and second responders in case of vehicle fires/accidents ,  the International Association of Fire and Rescue Service (CTIF) has created an international standard to provide rescue information to first and second responders. This standard can be implied on all types of vehicles, private or commercial, light or heavy duty.

The ISO 17840 is a voluntary standard, and as such, it is up to manufacturers, governments, transport companies and First / Second Responders in each jurisdiction to discuss and decide how to best implement the standard in their own country or region.

The purchase price for the download packages for Part 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the ISO 17840 standard is intentionally set to a low reasonable cost for commercial companies and governmental organisations. This was accomplished by a negotiation between our partner organisation SIS and CTIF.

If you are a firefighter, ambulance paramedic, other first / second responder or an educator, you can download all the information to learn about the standard for free. If you are uncertain about how you define yourself and if you need to purchase the standard or now, please feel free to contact the CTIF office, and we will attempt to guide you.  

As a firefighter or other first responder, you are also encouraged to download the free smart phone app Euro Rescue, available from our partner organisation Euro NCAP, containing ISO-compliant rescue sheets for most personal cars sold in Europe.

 

The various parts of the information available in the ISO 17840 standard:

The ISO standard 17840 can be used worldwide by public transport sector, fire and rescue services,  automotive and heavy duty vehicle sector. It consists of: 

1. “Symbols”  indicating which propulsion energy is used and where tanks, batteries, etc. are located in the vehicle;  

2. “Rescue Sheets” (quick info about the construction of the vehicle) used by first and second responders;

3. “Emergency Response Guides”  (ERGs) containing in-depth information (with the same headlines as the rescue sheets). 

 

MENU:

    1. ISO 17840:
      • About the ISO project (text that is on the website)
      • Information for implementation
        • ISO into practice; (Kurt HOW)
        • Creating a rescue sheet or ERG; (Kurt HOW)
        • Translated information packages (GOOGLE DRIVE pdfs)
        • Toolbox (GOOGLE DRIVE ‘important information’)
          • Example Rescue Sheet
          • Example ERG
          • Link to ISO standard
          • Pictures/films
          • Printing info symbols
          • Promotion info
          • Templates and symbols rescue sheet & ERG
    2. Euro NCAP database
      • About the cooperation (teaser + Euro NCAP link)
      • User’s guide (Michel HOW)
    3. Articles & Press releases (Belgium example)