Conduct fire team operations

This unit covers the conducting of fire team operations in resources and infrastructure industries. It includes the planning and preparing for work, fighting or containing fires and finalising operations.


This unit is appropriate for those working in operational, service or maintenance roles, at worksites within:

Civil construction

Coal mining


Extractive industries

Metalliferous mining


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare for work

1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to fire team operations

1.2. Identify and confirm personal safety requirements and the individual's role in the fire team

1.3. Identify and clarify fire risks in the site and the likely impact and responses to site specific hazards

1.4. Identify types of fire fighting appliances and confirm their applications

1.5. Identify and confirm location and range of appliances held at relevant fire boards, depots, sub-stations and stations by site visit

2. Fight or contain fires

2.1. Receive, clarify and confirm notification of fire operations from the appropriate authority

2.2. Move to the fire site in accordance with site procedures

2.3. Identify and pass details, or receive and clarify the type, nature, source and intensity of the fire to appropriate authorities

2.4. Select appliances and equipment appropriate to the fire circumstances and apply in accordance with manufacturer and/or site instructions

2.5. Continually monitor conditions in the fire area and modify fire fighting techniques/applications to reduce the impact of identified and potential hazards

2.6. Avoid unnecessary risks to the individual and other team members and follow evacuation procedures in accordance with site rules

2.7. Apply isolation procedures in accordance with site rules

3. Finalise the operation

3.1. Avoid fire recurrence by the appropriate processes, including watering, rake down and chemical means

3.2. Isolate, rope-off, secure and monitor fire area in accordance with site procedures

3.3. Clean and inspect appliances and equipment and replace in the designated location or process for maintenance and repair

3.4. Undertake debriefs and complete records in accordance with site procedures

Required Skills

Required skills

Specific skills are required to achieve the performance criteria in this unit, particularly for the application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be applied. This includes the ability to carry out the following as required to conduct fire team operations:

apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures

apply operational safety requirements

access, interpret and apply technical fire operational information

apply hazard and potential hazard identification procedures

assess required responses

apply evacuation procedures

apply fire fighting techniques

administer First Aid

use hand tools

work as a team member

apply isolation and tagging

Required knowledge

Specific knowledge is required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly its application in a variety of circumstances in which the unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following, as required to conduct fire team operations:

legislative and site rules

causes, characteristics, hazards and responses to the types of fire

site gases and characteristics

basic site geology and survey information related to fire operations

basic building structural information related to fire operations

fire fighting equipment

fire fighting techniques

isolation and tagging procedures

basic teamwork

critical situation dynamics and control

communication and reporting procedures

initial response First Aid

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for conducting fire team operations

implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of fire team operations

working with others to undertake and complete the fire team operations that meets all of the required outcomes

consistent timely completion of fire team operations that safely, effectively and efficiently meets the required outcomes

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.

Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.

Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.

Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in the work environment. Selection and use of resources for particular worksites may differ due to site circumstances.

Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Method of assessment

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge

observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:

implementation of appropriate requirement, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes

consistently achieving the required outcomes

first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:

working with others to undertake and complete fire team operations

Guidance information for assessment

Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant compliance documentation may include:

legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures

manufacturer's guidelines and specifications

Australian standards

code of practice

Employment and workplace relations legislation

Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation

Types of fire fighting appliances may include:


hoses - water

expansion foam

expansion foam generator




hand tools

water pumps

Types of fire are:

as per Australian standards

Potential hazards may include:



roof and rib






Emergency Response and Rescue

Competency Field

Refer to Unit Sector(s).


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor.