3. Your scenario

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For this activity, you will be briefed on the facts of a bushfire situation based on a real-world event. You will then have to map a response, using the steps and protocols you just learned.

Read the slides below for a brief on the scenario at hand and a diagram of the railway lines affected...


Step 1:  ‍

Start by listing out the protocols you need to follow (i.e. Identify, Notify, Assess, Coordinate, Document, Investigate). Feel free to go back to last week’s content and revise what each of these steps involve. 

You can list these stages however you find easiest to organise your thoughts - using pen and paper or your computer; in a table, bullet points, or a timeline. The main thing is to get your response mapped out in a logical and sequential way. 



Step 2: 

With reference to the diagram and brief above, complete the quiz below, which will take you further through the facts of the scenario and get you tailoring your emergency response.


Step 3:

Beside each stage of the disaster response protocol you outlined in Step 1, jot down the corresponding actions that were taken in your scenario (for example, the 'Identify' stage will be the initial reports of bushfires near Maple Station, made by the drivers, as well as the contact between you and Sydney Train Network Control).

Remember, your ultimate goal is to operate train movements, funnel communications, and provide access to emergency services in a way that keeps everyone safe. 

(Hint: we will turn to the documentation phase next. This will involve filling out an incident report.)


Once you have your emergency response mapped out and played out, it’s time to fill out a report.


Every CAN event is recorded on the Train Control Graph and in the TCR list. TCR’s (Train Control Reports) are the internal capturing system for CAN’s, Delays, Failures, and so on.

Below is an example of a Train Control Graph with a Track Circuit Failure resulting in Special Working:

...aaaand an example of a TCR for a reported Level Crossing Fault (requires a written CAN – hence a small delay to Rail Traffic):


A TCR is crucial for documenting any usual events, especially those that may have caused injuries or damaged any buildings or equipment. It includes the facts of the incident and the control measures taken in response. It’s also a good way for us to tie up this week’s activity, and give you an insight into the documentation phase of emergency responses. 

Based on the example above, draft up a TCR for your bushfire emergency response in the table provided on page 6 of your Memobook.


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