Perform land based swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery

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Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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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
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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 PUASAR033, 'Perform land based swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1 Prepare and respond to the rescue

1.1 Operation and task information is obtained from communication centre or supervisor.

1.2 Rescue equipment/resources are identified and selected based on incident information as directed by supervisor.

1.3 Personal protective equipment is selected based on nature of the rescue operation.

1.4 Any further details of the nature of the rescue are received en route.

1.5 Anticipated situational and environmental hazards are discussed with rescue team members while on approach.

2 Participate in assessing the rescue scene

2.1 Information is collected from relevant persons at scene and observations are made of the scene to determine location, number, entrapment and condition of casualties.

2.2 Potential situational and environmental hazards to self and others are identified and reported to supervisor.

2.3 Control procedures are implemented as directed by supervisor.

2.4 Based on assessment of rescue scene, personal capabilities and limitations are recognised and referred to supervisor.

2.5 Need for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment is reported through the recognised chain of command.

2.6 Communication with other team members is maintained using situation-appropriate techniques and terminology.

3 Participate in developing primary and secondary rescue plans

3.1 Rescue and recovery techniques suitable to the casualty condition, entrapment, location and swiftwater and floodwater conditions are identified.

3.2 Primary and secondary rescue plans are formulated in consultation with other team members and other agencies on site, and communicated.

3.3 Equipment and resources required to perform identified land based rescues and recoveries in swiftwater and floodwater as identified by the rescue plan are selected.

3.4 In conjunction with the primary plan, deployment of the secondary rescue plan downstream is implemented and acted upon.

4 Gain access and perform rescue on casualty

4.1 Isolation techniques are used to stabilise positioning of casualty to assist in extrication and management of conscious casualty/s.

4.2 Land based rescue techniques and equipment are deployed to gain access to the casualty as identified in the rescue plan.

4.3 Rescue plan is implemented and casualty is extricated from entrapment or secured by using rescue techniques and equipment.

5 Remove casualty from swiftwater and floodwater

5.1 Casualties are retrieved from swiftwater and floodwater using recognised techniques for removal and in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

5.2 Casualties are packaged and handled in accordance with organisational emergency care procedures, or as directed by first aid or medical personnel.

6 Conclude swiftwater and floodwater rescue

6.1 Prior to leaving the scene, equipment is recovered, cleaned and maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and organisational procedures.

6.2 During cleaning of rescue equipment and personal protective equipment, hygiene procedures are followed in accordance with organisational procedures.

6.3 Where identified, signs and symptoms of operational stress in self and others are recognised and reported to appropriate personnel.

6.4 Operational debrief is participated in and documentation is completed to organisational standards and job role.