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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage a crew during wildfire suppression 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123231  Manage a crew during wildfire suppression 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the terms, concepts and goals for managing the wildfire problem in Southern Africa.
  • Interpret the three dimensions of the wildfire management plan.
  • Carry out pre-fire procedures.
  • Respond to a fire call out.
  • Carry out post fire procedures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Generic supervisory skills-NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the terms, concepts and goals for managing the wildfire problem in Southern Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fire problem is explained in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • General impact of fires on Industry.
  • History of fire incidence in R.S.A.
  • Reasons for high fire incidence.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vocabulary of fire terminology is used in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Abridged list of terms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legal issues of fire and its implications are explained in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Veld and Forest Fire Act.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (Duties of employer and employees).
  • Common law principles.
  • Burning prohibitions.
  • Fire danger index.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Definitions and goals of fire management, prevention, protection and suppression are provided and explained in accordance with Industry standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Constitution of fire organisation to deal with wildfires is explained in accordance with local Fire Management Plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Purpose.
  • Basic functions.
  • Description of role players.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Fire insurance is explained in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Purpose.
  • Basic requirements.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret the three dimensions of the wildfire Management plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fire Protection Plan is explained in accordance with the plantation fire plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Basic infrastructure needed to manage wildfire.
  • Operational plans needed i.e. standby rosters, contigency plan with succession table.
  • Common standing instructions for major role players.
  • Fire danger index linked to action plan.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fire Prevention Plan is explained in terms of causes of fire, management strategies to offset risk, management engineering and law enforcement education. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fire Suppression Plan is explained in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Standby.
  • Fire detection and reporting.
  • Mobilisation.
  • Fire assessment.
  • Planning the attack.
  • Organising resources.
  • Controlling the actions.
  • Mop-up and patrol.
  • Demobilisation.
  • Re-grouping.
  • Post fire critique.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out pre-fire procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Resources are inspected and relevant action is taken to ensure sufficiency and functionality of the resources in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Equipment and tools inventory.
  • Radio communications.
  • Personnel.
  • Personal protective equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Standard drills are performed and corrective training is implemented in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fire plan is interpreted in accordance with company policy, Industry standards and relevant legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Identification of the relevant authorities.
  • Basic fire legalities include common law, Forest Act, National Veld and Forest Fire Act, OHS Act.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Respond to a fire call out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fire call out information is explained and interpreted in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fire location, wind direction smoke colour, distance from boundaries.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fire crew is mobilised in accordance with the fire plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Acknowledgement of reaction, route selection, resources estimated arrival time, on standby, or working infield.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fire scenario is assessed and reported in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Fire behaviour.
  • Intensity.
  • Rate of spread.
  • Direction of spread.
  • Fire type (crown/surface).
  • Topography, fuel, wind, safety.
  • Resource requirements.
  • Fire danger index.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate plan of action is demonstrated and implemented in relation to the fire scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Strategy, methods of attack, continuous appraisal.
  • Team co-ordination.
  • Personnel problems.
  • Organisational problems.
  • Equipment problems.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Carry out post fire procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mop-up procedures are carried out in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Dead out.
  • Continuous observation from lookout.
  • Extended guarding relative to Fire danger index.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Demobilisation procedures are carried out in accordance with the local fire plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Refuelling and refilling, treatment of injuries, check for signs of dehydration, replace equipment, administration reports.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Post-fire critique procedures are explained and carried out in accordance with Industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Log keeping, group problem solving, corrective actions, cause of fire.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge considered critical to the successful achievement of this unit is covered in the specific outcomes and assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Show responsibility towards the environment, health and safety of others. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50266   National Certificate: Forestry: Silviculture  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Core  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 
    Elective  66349   Further Education and Training Certificate: General Forestry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  64390   National Certificate: Emergency Services Supervision: Fire and Rescue Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 


    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.
     
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    3. AM Risk and Training (PTY) LTD. 
    4. Aniathu Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    5. AQUILA TRAINING 
    6. Assured Vocational Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Bontham Training & Agricultural Consultants 
    8. BS Training Services 
    9. Buffalo City Fire & Emergency Services Trainig Academy 
    10. City Of Cape Town - FIRE and Rescue Services Training Academy 
    11. City of Johannesburg Emergency Services Training Academy 
    12. City of Tshwane Community Safety - FIRE 
    13. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    14. CMO Logistics Pty Ltd 
    15. Coalition Trading 1238 cc 
    16. College of Machine Operators 
    17. Cradle Stars Trading Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    18. Creative Minds Skills Development and Training 
    19. Donnybrook Education & Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Dynamic Training Centre 
    21. Ebotse Development and Training Centre 
    22. Ehlanzeni TVET College 
    23. Ekurhuleni Metropolitian Municipal Emergency Services Training Academy 
    24. Elimofo Trading& Projects 
    25. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    26. Ethekwini Fire and Disaster Management Services 
    27. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    28. Goldfields Emergency Fire Services Training Academy 
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    31. Josmap Training Institute 
    32. Kgolo Institute 
    33. Khara Hais Local Municipality/Emergency Services Training Academy 
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    38. LO Tantsi Fire Consultants CC. 
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    40. Lottenburg Edu-Farm 
    41. Maab Training Management ( Pty) Ltd 
    42. MARGER TRAINING AND PROTERTIES (PTY) LTD 
    43. MHLAMBANYATHI GROUP PTY ( LTD) 
    44. Morongwa Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd 
    45. MPACT 
    46. NEW AFRICA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 
    47. New Business Initiative Management Consultancy 
    48. Ntunzela Trading Enterprise 
    49. Platorand Training Centre 
    50. Rally Business Consulting PTY LTD 
    51. Rural Metro Emergency Management Services (PTY)LTD 
    52. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    53. Sasol Secunda - Emergency Management Training Academy 
    54. SEJ Skills Academy Pty Ltd 
    55. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    56. SINGISI FOREST PRODUCTS (PTY) 
    57. Sol Plaatje Emergency Services Training 
    58. South African Forestry Training College 
    59. St Francis Fire & Safety Learning Academy 
    60. Success Media Skills & Training Services 
    61. Sunrise Skills Training 
    62. Talent Sculpure Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    63. Tiriso Investments 
    64. Tlokwe City Council Fire Brigade Services Training Centre 
    65. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    66. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    67. Umbuso Training Services 
    68. Uphiwekonke Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    69. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
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    71. VPK BUSINESS VENTURE C C 
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