Supervise machinery use in wildfire operations

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PUAFIR415, 'Supervise machinery use in wildfire operations'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Assess the work area

1.1 Risk assessmentof the site is undertaken, and hazards and assets at risk are identified and inspected.

1.2 Trees to be pushed are identified, marked for attention, options to avoid pushing trees are examined and permission to remove trees is obtained.

1.3 Terrain through which the tasks must be undertaken to achieve the incident objective is assessed.

1.4 Route selected for construction of the control line and removal or avoidance of hazards is assessed to determine the most appropriate path and type of machinery suitable for the activity.

1.5 Consultation and communication with land owners and managers is undertaken prior to machines entering the property, as appropriate.

2. Brief and task machine operators

2.1 Personnel are briefed on the strategies and tactics to be implemented by the machine operators in accordance with the incident action plan.

2.2 Machine operators are tasked and briefed on work standards and safe work practices to be adhered to.

2.3 Reporting arrangements between machine operators, fire crew and supervisor are outlined.

2.4 Machine operators are checked to confirm that they are wearing the appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment.

2.5 Appropriate communications equipment is provided and instructions for use given to machine operator.

2.6 Machine is inspected to ensure compliance with safety requirements.

2.7 Machine is selected to ensure compliance with work and/or contract requirements.

2.8 Machine is checked for compliance with hygiene guidelines in respect to spread of disease and weeds, and remedial action is taken as required.

2.9 Anchor points, escape routes and safety zones are established and communicated to personnel in the area.

3. Supervise the use of machinery

3.1 Machine safety requirements are monitored.

3.2 Near misses or accidents are reported.

3.3 Communications with the machine operator, support crew and chain of command are maintained in accordance with communications plan.

3.4 Location and standard of construction of control line is adapted to changes in fire behaviour and intensity.

3.5 Fire spread and the location of the control line are monitored, taking into account changes in fuel, weather and topography.

3.6 Progress of tasks delegated is continually monitored and regular reports are provided to appropriate supervisor.

3.7 Performance of delegated tasks by machine operators is monitored in accordance with the relevant codes of practice and standard operating procedures.

3.8 Fuel and maintenance requirements are monitored and requests are organised through appropriate chain of command.

3.9 Minimisation of machine operations damage to agricultural, environmental, forestry, cultural and other community assets is ensured.

3.10 Records of machine work hours are maintained and provided in accordance with agency guidelines.

4. Conduct mop-up and support patrol activities

4.1 Machine operators are tasked and mop-up activities are carried out in accordance with organisational guidelines.

4.2 Threats to the security of the perimeter or sector of the fire are identified and reported or acted upon.

4.3 Rehabilitation of fire control lines no longer required is undertaken.

5. Recover and maintain equipment

5.1 Requests for repairs or maintenance of machinery are communicated through the appropriate chain of command.

5.2 Damaged or missing equipment is recorded and/or reported in accordance with organisational procedures.