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Prevent, control and fight fires on board a small vessel

Unit Descriptor This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to prevent, control and fight fires on board a small commercial vessel, including management of fire prevention measures, initiation and management of evacuation, emergency shutdown and isolation procedures, and the execution and coordination of fire-fighting operations for the type and size of vessel involved. The unit is consistent with the relevant sections in the Australian USL Code

1 . Manage fire prevention and control procedures
  1. Fire hazards on board a vessel are identified and action is taken to eliminate or minimise them

  2. Fire prevention equipment is regularly checked and appropriate action is taken to ensure that they are operational

  3. Appropriate educational activities are organised to ensure on-board personnel are aware of the dangers of fire, how to prevent it and what to do if a fire is detected

  4. Personnel on board the vessel are made aware of emergency procedures to be followed in the event of fire

  5. Fire control is implemented in accordance with marine safety and vessel operating procedures

  6. Action taken to control a fire is based on an accurate assessment of the incident

  7. The order of priority, timing and sequence of actions are appropriate to the overall requirements of the incident, and to minimise damage and potential damage to the vessel, injuries to personnel and impairment of the operational effectiveness of the vessel

2 . Operate and maintain portable fire-fighting equipment
  1. A, B and C classes of fires are correctly identified in accordance with accepted fire-fighting practice

  2. Appropriate fire-fighting equipment is selected and used to fight specific classes of fires

  3. Class F fires are correctly extinguished with a fire blanket in accordance with accepted fire-fighting practice

  4. Correct techniques are applied for the use of hose lines to extinguish fires on board a vessel

  5. Fire fighting equipment is regularly checked and appropriate action is taken to ensure that it is operational

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?3
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?3
How are activities planned and organised?3
How are problem solving skills applied?3
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?3
How is use of technology applied?3
How is team work used within this competency?3

Range Statement

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Worksite environment

Sources of information / documents

Applicable International, Australian and State/Territory regulations and legislation

Evidence Guide

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Interdependent assessment of units

Required knowledge and skills

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Consistency in performance

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