attend emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security and protect life and property.
attending the scene of fires and other emergencies reported to authorities
rescuing and evacuating people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations
operating pumps, spraying water, foam and chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances
cutting openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants
maintaining site security systems
administering first aid
attending and participating in training activities, rescue classes, drills, demonstrations and courses in emergency and fire-fighting techniques
training recruits in emergency procedures and practices
visiting buildings and potential fire hazards to study access points and locations of hydrants
maintaining tools and equipment
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Registration or licensing may be required.