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AFAC Annual Reports : 2011 Annual Report
Learning and Development Throughout the year we have completed a number of projects under the Learning and Development umbrella that will have significant impact on our member agencies and help us advance on our shared goals to increase the capability and capacity of fire and emergency services. A number of significant projects were completed, notably the national endorsement of all Public Safety units for IMT roles, including the Safety Advisor and Safety Officer roles, and the Information Function. All the Public Safety units of competency for the AIIMS IMT functions have been endorsed as part of Version 8.1 of the Public Safety Training Package, which was released in December 2010. It is intended that this work will inform the Mapping Alignment Report showing the relationship between each AIIMS role and the units of competency. Further work will soon commence to scope what the industry requires in terms of a consistent approach to command and control development. This year we have also completed the specifications for the following • Certificate III in Emergency Communications Centre (Operator) • Certificate IV in Emergency Communications Centre (Supervisor) qualifications. Both qualifications have been endorsed as part of Version 8.1 of the Public Safety Training Package in December 2010. This is the first time personnel working in these areas will have formal recognition of the work undertaken in these areas. The Fire Aviation Training and Assessment Framework (FATAF), Version 1.0, has also been completed and provides a model and pilot for a nationally-consistent approach to role based training and assessment, recognition, certification and agency endorsement. In addition to the above projects, the 2010/11 period saw AFAC co-ordinate a comprehensive review of the seven PUA00 Fire Qualifications, as part of a wider-review of the Public Safety Training Package conducted by the Public Safety Industry Advisory Committee, under the auspices of Government Skills Australia. This was a major undertaking, requiring extensive consultation across four streams – Urban Fire, Wildfire, Building Fire Safety and Fire Aviation Management – each composed of subject matter experts from AFAC’s member agencies. In conjunction with the above review of the Fire Qualifications, AFAC facilitated an industry-wide consultation to achieve endorsement of five newly created units in the field of search and rescue: • develop plans and manage arrangements for deployment of a USAR Category 3 taskforce • implement and monitor USAR Category 3 task force plans • review USAR Category 3 task force plans implemented at an incident • perform land based swiftwater/floodwater rescue and recovery • undertake swiftwater/floodwater rescue and recovery A final readjustment of the relationship between core and elective units within the structure of the Fire Qualifications will be effected at the September 2011 Learning and Development Group meeting, at which time the completed review will be submitted for endorsement via Government Skills Australia. Also during 2010-11, the New Zealand Fire Service undertook the lead-agency role in partnership with VectorCommand and AFAC to produce a new Strategic Exercise for use with VectorCommand’s Training and Exercise System. Operation Tãwhirimãtea is based upon a severe weather and flooding event as a result of an extra-tropical cyclone impacting the coastal area, in the North Island of New Zealand. The exercise was piloted in Wellington in December 2010, and the finished product demonstrated at the AFAC/VectorCommand User Reference Group IMT Workshop on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2011. It incorporated a number of innovations and improvements on prior TES scenarios, which increase the degree of realism and participant immersion in the scenario, as well as greater ease of facilitation. The Exercise has been made available to all AFAC members holding licences to use VectorCommand’s Training and Exercise System, and complements an expanding suite of scenarios available to exercise Level 2 and 3 Incident Management Teams. Finally, a major project undertaken and aligned with AFAC’s goal of cultivating a fire and emergency services sector with capability and capacity, has been the development of an industry-wide AFAC Capability Development Capability Strategy for 2011–2016. This will ensure volunteers, staff and contractors are safe, skilled, capable and resourced, and their competencies are fully transportable and nationally recognised. Agencies Grouped by the Number of People Trained Each Year 14 | Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Annual Report 2011
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