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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct fire team operations, including fighting and containing fires.

This unit applies to those working in site-based roles in the coal mining, metalliferous mining, drilling, extractive, and civil infrastructure environments.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Prepare for fire team operations

  • Receive, document, clarify and confirm notification of fire operations from appropriate authority
  • Access, interpret and apply fire team operations documentation and procedures
  • Obtain, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements
  • Identify hazards and environmental issues, assess risks, and implement control measures in line with workplace procedures
  • Identify and confirm each team member’s role and responsibilities
  • Implement appropriate communication methods to be used during fire fighting or containment in line with workplace procedures
  • Locate, select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
  • Identify and select required firefighting appliances and confirm their applications

2. Fight or contain fire

  • Move or travel to fire site according to workplace procedures
  • Identify and assess type, nature, source and intensity of fire, and communicate details to appropriate authorities
  • Identify, select, wear and/or apply appliances and equipment appropriate to fire circumstances
  • Monitor conditions in fire area, and modify firefighting techniques or applications to reduce impact of identified and/or potential hazards
  • Avoid unnecessary risks to self and other team members
  • Apply isolation and evacuation procedures

3. Complete fire team operations

  • Water, rake down, and/or apply chemicals to fire area to minimise fire recurrence
  • Isolate, barricade, rope off, secure, and monitor fire area
  • Clean and inspect appliances and equipment and store in designated location
  • Report, record and process appliances and equipment for maintenance and/or repair
  • Participate in debriefs
  • Complete and file documentation, and distribute according to workplace requirements

4. Audit firefighting installations

  • Inspect and check each fire board, depot, substation and station’s firefighting installations and appliances
  • Identify, clarify and confirm location and range of appliances on premises