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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform fire-ground operations necessary to ensure life safety, fire control, and property conservation under supervision 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242850  Perform fire-ground operations necessary to ensure life safety, fire control, and property conservation under supervision 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Fire and Rescue 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner shall be able to perform tasks necessary to ensure life safety, fire control, and property conservation whilst under supervision.

The learner will posses the fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue a career in an emergency service.

On completion of this unit standard learners will be able to:
  • Perform all tasks safely, effectively and efficiently.
  • Secure an adequate water supply.
  • Extinguish fires in exterior Class A materials.
  • Extinguish a motor vehicle fire.
  • Control an interior structure fire.
  • Extinguish an ignitable liquid fire.
  • Control a flammable gas cylinder fire.
  • Conduct a search and rescue operation in a structure. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner will be competent in the following at NQF Level 3:
  • Communications.
  • Mathematical Literacy.

    It is recommended that learners should be in a fit medical and physical condition as per industry standards and norms. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    All competencies described in the specific outcomes are to be demonstrated in the context of a team member acting under supervision.

    Where necessary, range statements have been included under specific outcomes, assessment criteria or essential embedded knowledge. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Perform fire ground tasks safely, effectively and efficiently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Correct personal protective clothing and equipment is used, with reference to the hazards associated with the task at hand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Correct operational equipment and tools are selected, taking into account the requirements of the specified fire-ground operation and its context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All procedures and techniques are implemented in a manner appropriate to the task, following standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The situation is monitored constantly, with situational awareness displayed and maintained by all team members. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Secure an adequate water supply. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A water supply source includes both pressurised and non pressurised sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A water supply source is identified and evaluated for adequacy in relation to the requirements of the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The water supply source is checked to see that it is in safe working order, taking into consideration industry safety norms and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The water supply source is connected to the pumping apparatus, in a manner which ensures safe and effective functioning. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Extinguish fires in exterior Class A materials. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Material configuration should include:
  • Stacked or piled material.
  • Small unattached structures (e.g. Lappas, Wendy houses or shacks).
  • Storage containers or dumpsters. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hose lines are deployed and advanced, utilising hose appliances and tools appropriately for the specific class A materials and their configuration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hand and master fire streams devices are operated safely and effectively, in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Water application is evaluated and modified to ensure optimum effect, with reference to the specific context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hidden fires are exposed, evaluated and extinguished, using standard operating procedures to ensure complete extinguishment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Extinguish a motor vehicle fire. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Motor vehicles include both passenger and goods transport vehicles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fuel leaks are assessed and controlled in a safe and effective manner, taking into account alternative fuels and the hazards associated with them. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate extinguishing agent is applied to ensure optimum effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hidden fires are exposed by opening all automobile compartments, observing standard safety procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Control an interior structure fire. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Depending on the stage of fire development, control means a minimum of fire containment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hose loads are selected, deployed and advanced in accordance with the requirements of the specific interior structure fire. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Charged and uncharged hose lines.
  • 38-mm diameter or larger hose lines.
  • Up ladders and up and down interior and exterior stairways within a structure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water is applied using direct, indirect, and combination attacks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Effective water flow is obtained and maintained, using actions appropriate to the requirements of the specific situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate actions include:
  • Using various hand line connections.
  • Coupling and uncoupling connections.
  • Carrying and dragging hose.
  • Extending hose lines.
  • Replacing burst hose sections.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Fires are attacked effectively, following procedures for fires at grade level and above and below grade levels, depending on requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hidden fires are located and suppressed in line with standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Extinguish an ignitable liquid fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct type of foam concentrate is selected, with reference to the given ignitable liquid and conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Foam stream components are assembled according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A foam stream is applied to the surface of the fuel, proportioned properly so as to create and maintain a foam blanket. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective measures are taken in the case of poor foam generation, based on application of the principles by which foam is generated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Approach and retreat from spills is conducted as part of a coordinated fire attack team, in compliance with industry safety norms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Three-dimensional liquid fuel fires are controlled and extinguished by means of water fire streams. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Control a flammable gas cylinder fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An assessment of the situation is made, with reference to cylinder integrity and changing cylinder conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Advances and retreats to and from the cylinder are executed safely and effectively, observing standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Control procedures are conducted, ensuring that the cylinder is cooled, exposures are protected and flames not extinguished until the leaking gas is eliminated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The situation is constantly monitored, taking into account the need to select new procedures in response to changing conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Conduct a search and rescue operation in a structure. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Obscured vision conditions should be affected or simulated in the structure used. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Conditions for search and rescue include obscured vision conditions. 'Obscured vision' means a level of visibility that requires other than normal means of movement, and requires additional precautions to ensure safety during performance of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Team integrity and the safety of all team members is maintained, observing standard operating procedures for team communication in obscured vision conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A thorough search is conducted of all assigned areas, ensuring that all victims are located and removed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Entry and exit through restricted passages and dangerous areas is performed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Situational awareness is maintained at all times, applying orientation techniques to counter the effects of obscured vision. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor/moderator with the relevant ETQA.

    > Such registration assumes that the assessor has both ETDP competences as well as substantial functional competence in the relevant area of practice.
    > This point leads to the assumption that any assessor assessing this unit standard is not relying simply on the content of the unit standard to guide their practise. Rather the assessor is drawing on a wealth of experiential knowledge for which this unit standard provides a quality benchmark.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.

    > Such accreditation assumes that the institution has access to relevant resources and staff with a substantial functional competence in the relevant area of practice.
    > This point leads to the assumption that any person providing education or training leading to this unit standards is not relying simply on the content of the unit standard to guide their practise. Rather the trainer/educator is drawing on a wealth of experiential knowledge for which this unit standard provides a quality benchmark.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to:

    > The ETQA's policies and guidelines.
    > Agreements reached concerning assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies). 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Awareness of the dangerous building conditions.
  • The principles of exposure protection.
  • Indicators of structural instability.
  • Loading and off-loading procedures for mobile water supply apparatus.
  • Fire hydrant operation.
  • Suitable static water supply sources, procedures, and protocol for connecting to various water sources.
  • The role of the backup team in fire attack situations.
  • The attack and control techniques for grade level and above and below grade levels.
  • The principles of fire streams.
  • Water application methods.
  • The dangerous conditions created during an automobile fire.
  • How to access locked passenger, trunk, and engine compartments.
  • Search and rescue and ventilation procedures and suppression approaches and practices for various types of structural fires. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • By sizing up the requirements of the emergency incident and taking the appropriate actions necessary to ensure life safety, fire control, and property conservation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work within a team
  • By effectively functioning within a role as part of a team. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan and organise activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan personal learning within the unit standard.
  • By planning & organising workplace activities as are not specifically planned & organised by the employer. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and organise information
  • The ability to recognize work group problems.
  • The ability to recognize equipment and machinery problems.
  • Complete all related departmental forms. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • By effectively communicating with supervisors, team members and other role players at an emergency scene. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology responsibly
  • By demonstrating the ability to inspect, maintain and use equipment and machinery. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Show understanding of related systems
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the inter related components and systems during emergency incidents. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    It is advised that unit standards 242859 and 242852 should be completed before doing this unit standard. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57803   Further Education and Training Certificate: Fire and Rescue Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  79246   Further Education and Training Certificate: Wild Land Fire Fighting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. AfroXpert Performance Developement cc 
    2. Agisanang SA Training 
    3. All Access Holdings 
    4. ASARA Training Academy(Pty) Ltd 
    5. Asiphokuhle Training and Research Institute 
    6. Buffalo City Fire & Emergency Services Trainig Academy 
    7. City Of Cape Town - FIRE and Rescue Services Training Academy 
    8. City of Johannesburg Emergency Services Training Academy 
    9. City of Tshwane Community Safety - FIRE 
    10. Ekurhuleni Metropolitian Municipal Emergency Services Training Academy 
    11. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    12. Envirogreen 
    13. Ethekwini Fire and Disaster Management Services 
    14. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    15. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
    16. Goldfields Emergency Fire Services Training Academy 
    17. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    18. Josmap Training Institute 
    19. K Shabangu FET College 
    20. Kalideen Management 
    21. Kgolo Institute 
    22. Khara Hais Local Municipality/Emergency Services Training Academy 
    23. KHOSITHI TRAINING 
    24. KMJL Solution (Pty) Ltd 
    25. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    26. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    27. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    28. LO Tantsi Fire Consultants CC. 
    29. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    30. Matsila Holdings 
    31. Misol Projects cc 
    32. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    34. Nelson Mandela Fire,Emergency & Rescue Service Training Centre 
    35. NIRVANA OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & RESCUE TRAINING 
    36. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    37. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    38. PTDEV (Pty) Ltd 
    39. Rescu-Life Africa (Pty) LTD. 
    40. Riverport Training Academy 
    41. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    42. Rural Metro Emergency Management Services (PTY)LTD 
    43. RUSTENBURG EMERGENCY AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES TRAINING ACADEMY 
    44. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    45. Sasol Secunda - Emergency Management Training Academy 
    46. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    47. St Francis Fire & Safety Learning Academy 
    48. Survivor Fire and Rescue Training College 
    49. TCEP (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    51. Thuto Lere Community Empowerment Programme 
    52. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    53. Tshwane Training Institute (PTY) LTD. 
    54. Tsoga re dire Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    55. Umbuso Training Services 
    56. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 
    57. Vicmat Consultants 
    58. Zanda Izifiso Ezinhle 



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