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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Direct a rescue operation in a marine incident 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260127  Direct a rescue operation in a marine incident 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
This unit standard is intended for Fire and Rescue personnel who may be required to respond to and direct rescue operations in marine incidents and/or emergencies occurring within inland or ground water. Learners will be equipped with knowledge and skills to search for, and provide aid to persons, ships or other craft such as vehicles, and aircraft that are, or are feared to be, in distress or imminent danger in relation to firefighting.

On completion of this unit standard learners will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of local marine geography.
  • Devise a rescue strategy.
  • Implement an incident plan for rescue operations.
  • Complete briefings and reports. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner is already competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of local marine geography. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information relating to marine geography is analysed and explained in terms of factors that could affect potential rescue operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information refers to but is not limited to landmarks, known hazards to vessels, tide movements, water depth, navigation routes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of weather on ground water or sea conditions is explained in terms of the impact on the fire and rescue operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential dangers inherent in marine emergencies are identified and explained in terms of safe rescue operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Potential dangers refer to but are not limited to drowning, explosion of ships or craft, burning, adverse weather conditions such as tide movements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Marine weather forecasts or visual evidence are used to predict weather changes for the safe operation of rescue vessels in a marine environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Devise a rescue strategy in a marine environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The situation at an emergency site is analysed and a strategy to perform fire and rescue operations is devised that is suited to the situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Situation includes but is not limited to numbers of people in the craft and in the water, tide movements and likely weather changes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A route is determined and communicated to rescue personnel that will ensure the safe passage of rescue vehicles and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The elements of a rescue strategy are described in terms of priorities, expected outcomes and risks. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Elements include but are not limited to own equipment, resources and emergency site equipment, people and environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Resources required for a fire and rescue operation are identified and quantified to meet current and foreseeable conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A situation report and incident action plan are developed and communicated to all other agencies and vessels in accordance with organisational policies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Implement an incident plan for rescue operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A Command structure is established and communicated to relevant parties in accordance with organizational requirements and operational practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Liaison is established with the agents relating to the fire and rescue operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Agents refer to but are not limited to ships officers/agents, dock and harbour officials and Police.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources are identified and co-ordinated to direct rescue operations in accordance with the requirements of the incident action plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources refer to but are not limited to rescue personnel, rescue vessels and extinguishing agents.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure to communicate the need for additional assistance is explained in terms of organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The welfare of rescue personnel is monitored in order to take the relevant action to minimise risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A contingency plan is devised that incorporates incident variables. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete briefings and reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Briefing of teams and handover requirements are conducted in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rescue operation reports are compiled in accordance with organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Debriefings are conducted to agencies in accordance with laid down agreements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Agencies refer to but are not limited to internal agencies, agencies, external agencies.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Incident Management System.
  • Legislation such as Occupational Health and Safety, Road Traffic Act, Fire Brigade Services Act. South African Maritime Safety Authority regulations.
  • Marine geography.
  • The effect of weather on fire conditions.
  • Risks involved in fire fighting.
  • How to determine access routes.
  • How to develop contingency plans.
  • How to compile a brief.
  • How to report findings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying problems related to aviation fire and rescue incidents by responding to such using relevant strategies and techniques to extinguish aircraft fires. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others by following instructions and abiding by the principles of Incident Management. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The ability to speedily organize oneself and one's activities in order perform safe firefighting and rescue activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect information relating to the incident in order to inform and compile reports to assist with investigations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication links are established with relevant roleplayers and essential communications instruments such as fireground radio channel, marine channels and mobile phones are used in order to maintain reliable and effective communications during fire and rescue operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by using appropriate rescue systems or strategies in a dynamic environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that heavy vehicle rescue operations involve specialised equipment and expert knowledge to deal with numerous challenges at the incident scene. 

    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
    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.
     
    1. Agisanang SA Training 
    2. All Access Holdings 
    3. AM Risk and Training (PTY) LTD. 
    4. Buffalo City Fire & Emergency Services Trainig Academy 
    5. City Of Cape Town - FIRE and Rescue Services Training Academy 
    6. City of Johannesburg Emergency Services Training Academy 
    7. City of Tshwane Community Safety - FIRE 
    8. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    9. Ekurhuleni Metropolitian Municipal Emergency Services Training Academy 
    10. Ethekwini Fire and Disaster Management Services 
    11. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    12. Goldfields Emergency Fire Services Training Academy 
    13. Josmap Training Institute 
    14. Kgolo Institute 
    15. Khara Hais Local Municipality/Emergency Services Training Academy 
    16. Khosithi Training 
    17. LO Tantsi Fire Consultants CC. 
    18. Rural Metro Emergency Management Services (PTY)LTD 
    19. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    20. Sasol Secunda - Emergency Management Training Academy 
    21. Sol Plaatje Emergency Services Training 
    22. St Francis Fire & Safety Learning Academy 
    23. Tlokwe City Council Fire Brigade Services Training Centre 
    24. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    25. Vicmat Consultants 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.