PUA Fire and Emergency Aviation

Project scope

Given the increasingly unprecedented impact of longer and more dangerous bush fire seasons it is critical that Australia’s public safety agencies are equipped to use specialised aerial resources when fighting fires.

 

A review of aerial firefighting roles was commissioned by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in 2019 noted that the Fire Aviation Training and Assessment Framework (FATAF), which aims to achieve a national approach to the training and assessment of public safety agency personnel, in order to facilitate the sharing of resources across the country.

 

The Public Safety IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

 

CASE FOR CHANGE

 

The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has developed a Case for Change relating to aviation roles in fire and other emergencies for the PUA Public Safety Training Package and would like your feedback.

 

To view the Case for Change and the supporting Review of Aviation roles in Fire and Emergency Management, click below:

 

CASE FOR CHANGE

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

 

Deliverables

  • Seven existing Units of Competency are to be reviewed and developed to incorporate new technical and safety developments.
    • PUAFIR209 Work Safely around aircraft
    • PUAFIR212 Rappel from a helicopter
    • PUAFIR311 Dispatch rappel personnel and equipment
    • PUAFIR312 Operate aerial ignition equipment in an aircraft
    • PUAFIR211 Undertake hover-exit operations from a helicopter
    • PUAFIR219 Undertake helicopter winch operations
    • PUAFIR519 Supervise incendiary operations during aerial ignition
  • Seven new Units of Competency are to be developed to address high risk aviation roles and functions that are shared between jurisdictions in the fire and emergency services.
    • PUAOPEXXX Observe a non-fire emergency from an aircraft
    • PUAFIRXXX Observe fire from an aircraft
    • PUAFIRXXX Supervise aerial firefighting operations
    • PUAFIR00xx Supervise advanced aerial firefighting operations
    • PUAOPEXXX Manage aviation support operations at an air base
    • PUAOPEXXX Manage aircraft resources for an incident
    • PUAOPEXXX Manage aviation operations for a Level 3 incident
  • Two new Units of Competency are to be developed to address mixing of aerial suppressants and loading into firebombing aircraft used across jurisdictions by the fire and emergency services.
    • PUAFIRXXX Undertake aerial fire suppressant mixing and loading
    • PUAFIRXXX Conduct aerial fire suppressant mixing and loading
  • One new Unit of Competency is to be developed to address the operation of specialist aircraft mounted mapping equipment used to map the extent of an emergency such as fire and flood.
    • PUAOPEXXX Operate airborne mapping systems
  • Two new Units of Competency are to be developed to address the coordination of the national aircraft fleet and associated support resources across jurisdictions and multiple emergencies at the state/territory level.
    • PUAOPEXXX Coordinate state/territory aviation readiness
    • PUAOPEXXX Deploy state/territory aviation resources
  • One new Unit of Competency is to be developed to address the safe piloting of drones for emergency work where the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) does not require a licence.
    • PUAOPEXXX Pilot a drone without a licence
  • One existing Skill Set to be reviewed to address the wider needs of public service agencies in air search observing.
    • PUASS00052 Air search observer
  • One new Skill Set is to be developed for the safe piloting of drones for emergency work by unlicenced drone pilots.
    • PUASS000XXX Unlicenced drone pilot
  • One new Skill Set is to be developed for emergency public safety agency personnel being inserted into remote areas by helicopter for fire and/or other emergency response activities.
    • PUASS000XXX Helicopter insertion into remote areas
  • Twelve new Skill Sets are required for primary aviation related roles and functions in fire and emergency management.
    • Air observer non-fire
    • Air observer fire
    • Aerial suppressant mixing and loading team member
    • Aerial suppressant mixing and loading team leader
    • Air attack supervisor
    • Air attack supervisor (Advanced)
    • Incendiary operations supervisor
    • Air base manager
    • Aircraft officer
    • Air operations manager
    • State/territory desk air operator
    • State/territory aircraft coordinator

 

Timeline

The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 31 December 2020

 

How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

 

Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

 

Technical advisory committee

 

25 FEBRUARY 2020

INDUSTRY SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

 

Work on the Fire and Emergency Aviation Project has commenced and the Public Safety IRC is forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

 

The purpose of the project is to develop and review the Public Safety Training Package materials that address the increasingly complex skills and knowledge required for aviation roles and functions in the fire and emergency sector.

 

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help develop and review relevant training package materials, including new Units of Competency and Skill Sets.

 

TAC nominations closed on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

 

For more information about this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

Consultation

 

23 JUNE 2020

DRAFT MATERIAL

 

The Fire and Emergency Aviation TAC has finalised draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.

 

Feedback on draft materials closed on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

 

Summary of development

 

Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.

 

Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Fire and Emergency Aviation, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

Quality Assurance

 

22 OCTOBER 2020

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.

 

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in December 2020.

 

Consultation

 

6 AUGUST 2020

FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL

 

The Technical Advisory Committee has considered all stakeholder feedback and finalised draft Training Package materials for the Fire and Emergency Aviation project. This includes twelve new Units of Competency and five reviewed units.

 

The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee is seeking your feedback to validate these draft materials to ensure the proposed products meet industry needs.

 

Detailed mapping information, tracking changes to the existing Training Package, is also available to view.

 

Feedback on draft materials closed on Thursday, 20 August 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

 

For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

 

Summary of feedback

 

The Fire and Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received feedback on the development of the new Units of Competency and review of existing Units of Competency.

 

Feedback was received in relation to the statements used, the order of PCs, assessment tasks, prerequisites and terminology.

 

All feedback was carefully considered by the TAC and the work has now been concluded.

 

Endorsement

 

9 FEBRUARY 2021

 

The Public Safety Training Package (Release 3.0) has been endorsed by Skills Ministers for implementation.

 

The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee, with support from Technical Advisory Committees, has developed new Units of Competency and revised existing qualifications and units relating to emergency management and fire and emergency aviation.

 

Work on the Fire and Emergency Aviation project resulted in the developments of eight new Units of Competency and the update of ten existing units to incorporate the technical skills required by fire services personnel undertaking aerial firefighting activities.

 

To read more about the drivers for this project, please click on the Project overview tab.

 

In addition to the two projects twenty qualifications, three Units of Competency and two Skill Sets in the Public Safety Training Package were also updated.

 

To support the delivery of the Training Package, a Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) has been developed to assist assessors, trainers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and enterprises. The CVIG contains a comprehensive list of all products in the Training Package, mapping information, regulation and licensing implications and useful links to other information.

 

The approved Public Safety Training Package, Release 3.0 is now available on training.gov.au

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to these two projects.

 

The following materials were approved:

 

Qualifications

PUA50120 Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management)
PUA60120 Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management)
PUA41120 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)
Qualifications (minor updates)
PUA20619 Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)
PUA20719 Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)
PUA30420 Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Rescue)
PUA30519 Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations)
PUA30619 Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)
PUA30719 Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)
PUA31419 Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)
PUA40219 Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)
PUA40319 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision)
PUA41019 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)
PUA50219 Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Emergency Response Management)
PUA50419 Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)
PUA50519 Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)
PUA50919 Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue Coordination)
PUA51019 Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
PUA60119 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
PUA60219 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue Management)
PUA60519 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)
PUA60719 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
PUA60919 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation)

 

Units of Competency (new)
PUAFIR001 Coordinate state aerial operations
PUAFIR002 Manage aviation resources for an incident
PUAFIR004 Manage complex aerial operations for an incident response
PUAFIR007 Operate aerial drip torch
PUAFIR009 Operate airborne intelligence system
PUAFIR010 Operate small equipment to prepare and load product into aircraft
PUAFIR011 Operate state air desk
PUAFIR014 Supervise preparation and loading of product into aircraft
Units of Competency (revised)
PUACOM0016 Manage media requirements at major incident
PUAEMR019 Contribute to an emergency risk management process
PUAEMR020 Coordinate emergency planning
PUAEMR032 Design emergency management exercises
PUAEMR033 Determine treatment options
PUAEMR034 Establish and manage a recovery centre
PUAEMR035 Facilitate community involvement in recovery
PUAEMR036 Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises
PUAEMR037 Manage recovery functions and services
PUAEMR038 Work in an emergency management context
PUAFIR003 Manage aviation support operations at air base
PUAFIR005 Observe fire from an aircraft
PUAFIR006 Observe non-fire incident from an aircraft
PUAFIR008 Operate aerial ignition equipment in an aircraft
PUAFIR013 Supervise incendiary operations during aerial ignition
PUAFIR014 Supervise preparation and loading of product into aircraft
PUAFIR015 Undertake helicopter winch operations
PUAFIR016 Undertake hover-exit operations from helicopter
PUAFIR017 Work safely around aircraft
PUAFIR018 Navigate from an aircraft
Units of Competency (minor updates)
PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
PUAFIR506 Conduct complex prescribed burns
PUAFIR515 Develop complex prescribed burn plans
PUACOM007 Liaise with other organisations
PUACOM008 Develop and organise public safety awareness programs
PUAEMR009 Facilitate emergency risk assessment
PUAEMR014 Deliver recovery services
PUALAW004 Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
PUAMAN001 Manage the organisation’s public safety responsibilities
PUAMAN003 Manage human resources
PUAMAN005 Manage projects
PUAMAN007 Manage financial resources
PUAMAN008 Manage physical resources
PUAOPE016 Manage a multi-team sector
PUAOPE017 Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident
PUAOPE019 Control a Level 3 incident
PUAOPE024 Manage operations for a Level 3 incident
PUAPRO001 Promote a learning environment in the workplace
PUAWHS004 Establish and maintain the occupational health and safety system

 

Approval

 

16 DECEMBER 2020

 

At its meeting on 2 December 2020 the AISC approved the Public Safety Training Package (Release 3.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.

 

For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.

 

Submission

 

17 NOVEMBER 2020

Case for Endorsement submitted to AISC

 

The draft materials for the Public Safety Training Package (Release 3.0) have been submitted to the AISC.

 

If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in:

  • Eight new Units of Competency in fire and emergency aviation and 10 updated units
  • Two updated Emergency Management qualifications and 26 Units of Competency
  • 20 qualifications, three Units of Competency and two Skill Sets in the Public Safety Training Package were also updated

 

View Case for Endorsement

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

 

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Jennifer Webster

Industry Skills Specialist - Public Safety

 

 

Email: Jennifer.Webster@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 0458 500 642