Undertake swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 PUASAR034, 'Undertake swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery'.
Google Links
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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 received.

1.3 Personal protective equipment is selected based on the 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 and are used as the basis for the development of a rescue plan.

2. Assess 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 Risk assessment on situational and environmental hazards is conducted and control measures to ensure safety to self, other team members and casualty are developed.

2.3 Communication with other team members is maintained during assessment to gather further information from their observations.

2.4 Request for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment based on risk assessment is reported to supervisor in accordance with the recognised chain of command

2.5 Personal capabilities and limitations of self and other team members are recognised and referred to the supervisor, based on assessment of rescue scene.

3. Develop 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 developed based on risk assessment, identification of appropriate rescue and recovery techniques and consultation from team members and other agencies.

3.3 Equipment and resources are selected to perform rescues and recoveries as identified by the rescue plan.

3.4 Job roles and equipment are allocated to other team members.

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

4. Use rope and mechanical advantage systems

4.1 Situations requiring the use of rope system and mechanical advantage systems are identified.

4.2 Type of system required is based on the situation, and organisational policies and procedures.

4.3 Suitable rope and mechanical advantage systems are established to perform rescues and recoveries in a range of situations.

4.4 System equipment is used in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and organisational policies and procedures, to ensure that design limits are not exceeded.

4.5 System is modified to increase efficiency, where necessary, and communication is maintained throughout.

5. Gain access and perform rescue on casualty

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

5.2 Craft is tethered to perform a rescue or recovery, where required by the rescue plan.

5.3 Rescue techniques and equipment are deployed to gain access to casualty as identified in the rescue plan.

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

6. Remove casualty from swiftwater and floodwater

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

6.2 Casualty is packaged and handled in accordance with organisational emergency care procedures, or as directed by first aid or medical personnel.

7. Conclude swiftwater and floodwater rescue

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

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

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

7.4 Operational debrief is participated in or conducted, in accordance with role during rescue.

7.5 Documentation is completed to organisational standards and job role.