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Control measure

Commence information gathering

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Gather information from a number of relevant sources which is useful to inform others

Understand:

  • How to access and gather information from a number of sources, including:
    • Maps and/or mapping systems
    • Direct and/or indirect observation
    • Local fire groups
    • Site specific risk information
    • Partners and key stakeholders
  • How to access and gather information on the topography, fuels and weather which will influence wildfire behaviour
  • The importance of exchanging information as part of detailed briefings relevant to wildfire incidents
  • How topographical maps can be used as a planning and safety tool at wildfire incidents
  • The methods which can be used to clearly communicate wildfire information with others
  • How to use contour information to identify the position of different features found on the landscape
  • The relevant information provided in a map legend
  • How a topographical map can be used to provide information relating to the scene of operations
  • How a topographical map can be used as a tool for navigation
  • How to use a map and compass to safely navigate across a wildfire landscape

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Gather information from a number of relevant sources which is useful to inform others

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Map read and use topographical knowledge relating to wildfire incidents
  • Request a weather report from the fire control room
  • Establish the precise location of the wildfire
  • Establish the direction and rate of firespread - refer to the hazard of 'Fire behaviour'
  • Identify suitable rendezvous points (RVPs) and/or holding areas for wildfire incidents
  • Determine suitable access routes for vehicles - refer to the hazard for 'Moving, using and entrapment of vehicles'
  • Communicate information to the fire control room, arriving resources and any other responding agencies or services, including information such as:
    • Easily identifiable fixed reference points on the landscape (i.e. natural or manmade features such as hills, streams, roads or buildings)
    • Map references in an appropriate format - refer to Map reading knowledge sheets
  • Carry out a 360 degree survey - refer to the control measure scene survey' in National Operational Guidance: Fires and firefighting
  • Consider using local knowledge, wildfire fire plans and/or Site-Specific Risk Information(SSRI)
  • Implement the LACES safety protocol and deploy team and tactical lookouts at the earliest opportunity
  • Consider using aerial observation to gain situational awareness
  • Clearly communicate wildfire information with others