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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
20 | Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Annual Report 2010 Search and Rescue Competencies: The Public Safety Search and Rescue Technical Reference Group, comprising representation from SES, Fire, Police, Defence and Surf Life Saving, has been instrumental in completing the revision of the endorsed search and rescue units. The revision has resulted in the development of ﬁve new units to reﬂect the current operational requirements in complex areas such as transport rescue and industrial and domestic rescue. New units have been produced to reﬂect the work undertaken by urban search and rescue personnel in line with the three nationally agreed levels of capability to deploy competently trained personnel to any USAR incident. Canine Capability for USAR: Parallel to the project above has been the development, by the USAR Canine Technical Reference Group, of competencies to train a USAR canine team to search for and locate multiple people concealed in a structural collapse; and to manage canine to locate victims in disaster search operations. The completed search and rescue units have been nationally validated and are in the process of being submitted for ofﬁcial accreditation. Wildfire Competency Units: The Wildﬁre Technical Reference Group has reviewed the rural/land management stream of competencies. The review, incorporating the research ﬁndings from the Bushﬁre Cooperative Research Centre, has resulted in a need to expand the offerings within the ﬁre qualiﬁcations for rural and land management agencies. New units focusing on operating and supervising the use of machines and interpreting and analysing ﬁre behaviour have been identiﬁed for future development and inclusion. • Reaccreditation of AFAC Short Courses – AFAC completed the reaccreditation of the course in the Australasian Inter- service Incident Management System (AIIMS) and the course in Basic Wildﬁre Awareness. Reaccreditation of both courses ensured that the programs remained nationally accredited and could be delivered by AFAC members and other AFAC licensed training organisations. The courses are accredited for the period 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014. • Basic Home Fire Safety Training Packages – AFAC has facilitated the establishment of a standard suite of lesson materials, made available through the AFAC Knowledge Web. As basic home ﬁre safety information is now included in the qualiﬁcations for a range of community service workers, the lesson materials are to be used in the formal training material recommended for use by community agencies in staff induction for new workers and skills maintenance for existing workers. Goal 4 continued... Measures of our success: A nationally recognised and consistent approach to the training and assessment of all fire and emergency service workers continued...
2011 Annual Report