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Control measure
Consider training and competence

Control measure knowledge

Where local risk assessments identify the need to provide employees with information, instruction and training, fire and rescue services should have systems to ensure acquisition, application and maintenance of this knowledge, skills and understanding. Information should include an awareness of common hazards, potential consequences and control measures to be implemented to minimise the risk of harm to emergency responders and others at operational incidents.

Fire and rescue services should consider the required competencies of operational firefighters, supervisors, managers and commanders as part of the risk management process for reasonably foreseeable operational incidents.

Fire and rescue services should consider the training and competence of:

  • Operational firefighters
  • Supervisors, managers and commanders
  • Specialist roles and teams
  • Tactical advisers
  • Other agencies operating under the safety management of the fire and rescue services

See: Health, safety and welfare framework for the operational environment (Section 6)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop service policy and procedures for the acquisition, application and maintenance of operational competency
  • Develop procedures that ensure effective workplace assessment takes place and that it provides objective, constructive feedback immediately after the activity and that a suitable record is maintained

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider the competence of individuals and teams when allocating tasks
  • Monitor the performance of personnel and where necessary modify plans to available competencies
  • Consider the competence of other agencies operating under the safety management of the incident commander