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Published:  22 December, 2015

A new ISO standard has been published that defines the content and layout of extrication rescue documents for first responders attending an incident involving a light vehicle.

ISO 17840-1, Road vehicles – Information for first and second responders – Part 1: Rescue sheet for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, is the first of a series of standards designed to support emergency rescue teams.

It gives the content and layout of quick-reference rescue sheets used by emergency responders to determine how best to extricate injured passengers based on a vehicle’s make, model and year.

Céline Adalian, project leader of the new standard, commented: ‘Every second counts when human life is at stake. Quite often, in what little time rescuers have, rescue sheets help make information about the vehicle readily accessible and, in so doing, ensure a swift and secure rescue operation.’

The standardised pictograms and rescue sheet format of ISO 17840-1 provides the vehicle manufacturers with tools to point out the locations of components such as airbags that could deploy during the operation; sensors sensitive to cutting; fuel and gas tanks shut-off valves; high-voltage power sources; and high-strength areas that are difficult to sever.

The new standard’s scope extends to vehicles propelled by liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas and electricity.

Future parts of ISO 17840 will cover heavy commercial vehicles and buses as well as include a template for more in-depth emergency response information and a standard for identification of the propulsion fuel or energy.

ISO 17840-1:2015 is available from the ISO store

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