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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct an aircraft firefighting and rescue operation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260134  Conduct an aircraft firefighting and rescue operation 
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 that are required to conduct firefighting and rescue activities involving aircraft. The learner will achieve tactical competencies to deal with firefighting and rescue activities at an aviation incident.

On completion of this unit standard learners will be able to:
  • Respond to a call out at an aviation incident.
  • Select a strategy for fire suppression at an incident.
  • Secure the scene of an incident.
  • Perform basic rescues at aviation incidents. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Respond to a call out at an aviation incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective clothing is identified and selected that is appropriate for a response to an aviation incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A route that provides access to the incident site is determined in order to respond within allotted time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An approach to an incident site is executed in accordance with emergency plan and standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Approach refers to approaching an incident as the driver of a firefighting unit, positioning the firefighting unit particularly in relation to the use of foam monitors for foam application, position of hand lines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Aircraft fire is analysed and extinguishing tactics are prioritised to minimise the effects of the fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information regarding an incident is collated and communicated to the incident commander in accordance with agreed protocols for reporting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Unsafe conditions are detected and mitigated by means of an airport standby operation in accordance with the airport policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select a strategy for fire suppression at an incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various suppression agents used in an aircraft fire fighting operation are identified and described in terms of their characteristics and typical uses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An extinguishing agent that suits the fire type and allows the fire to be controlled is selected in accordance with the fire and rescue operations plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An aircraft fuel spill fire is extinguished by applying the relevant agent according to the prescribed techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A three-dimensional aircraft fuel fire is suppressed in order to extinguish the fire and secure the fuel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A fire in the interior of an aircraft is attacked in accordance with the emergency plan and through operating as a member of a team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Attack refers to a dual agent attack.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A fire on a sub assembly attached to the aircraft is attacked in order to extinguish the fire and secure the sub assembly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sub Assemblies include but is not limited to the engine, auxiliary power unit (APU), an emergency power unit (EPU) or a wheel assembly.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Basic ventilation is applied through available doors and hatches in order to create sufficient opening and the release of heat and other products of combustion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Supplies of extinguishing agents are maintained for application by the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle to ensure site stability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Supplies refers to but is not limited to replenishing of extinguishing agents.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Secure the scene of an incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An aircraft accident scene is preserved in order to identify and protect evidence for reporting purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An accident scene is overhauled in order to extinguish all fires and protect property from further damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information regarding the incident is documented and recorded in order to assist with investigations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Survivable conditions and/or exit paths are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the fire and rescue operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform basic rescues at aviation incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Entry and egress of an aircraft through normal entry points and emergency hatches is conducted in accordance with manufacturer and organisational instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Passengers are rescued during an aviation incident according to accepted evacuation process techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Initial triage of the victims of an aircraft accident is applied in order to evaluate and categorise each victim in ccordance with fire and rescue protocol. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The aircraft and surroundings is searched for rescue purposes in accordance with industry norms and standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Potential hazardous conditions are identified and mitigated in accordance with the industry operations procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A potential hazard include but is not limited to fuel leaks, presence of hazardous cargo, instability of airframe, aircraft material debris.
     


    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 
  • Legislation such as Occupational Health and Safety, Road Traffic Act, Fire Brigade Services Act. International Civil Aviation Organization Standards.
  • Types of fires.
  • Properties of materials.
  • Industry standard operating procedures.
  • How to compile and disseminate a report.
  • Types of suppression agents, their characteristics and uses.
  • How to gain access into and out of an aircraft.
  • How to evaluate and categorise victims of an aircraft accident. 

  • 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 
    Communicate effectively with the Incident management in order to perform firefighting and rescue activities in conjunction with all role players by using various methods of communication such as radio, verbal and non-verbal communications. 

    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.