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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Function safely and effectively within an emergency service organisation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242859  Function safely and effectively within an emergency service organisation 
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 
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 safely and efficiently in an emergency service organisation.
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:
  • Function effectively within the context of an emergency service organisation.
  • Communicate emergency and non emergency information.
  • Perform basic emergency scene activities in a safe manner. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner will be assumed to posses the following at a NQF level 3:
  • Communication.
  • Mathematical Literacy.

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

    Note: The unit standard 'Use a self-contained breathing apparatus safely and effectively' has been developed as a separate unit standard so as to meet the needs of a wide variety of persons who are required to use a self contained breathing apparatus in the course of normal occupational tasks or emergency operations, other than fire fighters.

    It is vital that the learners attempting to achieve this unit standard ('Function safely and effectively within an emergency service organisation') have already achieved the unit standard 'Use a self-contained breathing apparatus safely and effectively'. The competence described in the purpose statement at the beginning of this unit standard assumes that learning to be already in place.

    It is recommended that providers of the full qualification at Level 4 for Emergency Services Operators integrate these two standards for teaching, learning and assessment. 

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

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Function effectively within the context of an emergency service organisation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Organisation means only that part of an entire organisation that is dedicated to emergency services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The organisational structures are described, explaining their functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Role and responsibilities within the organisation are explained, indicating links with organisational structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant legislation, regulations and procedures pertaining to the emergency service are explained indicating links with organisational structures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The relevant legislation, regulations and procedures include:
  • The Fire Brigade Service Act
  • Occupational health and Safety Act
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act
  • Performance criteria
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Conditions of service
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The roles of other support agencies and organisations are identified and explained, describing the way they relate to the emergency services. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Other support organisations include, but are not limited to SAPS, Ambulance, EMRS and similar relevant organisations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The incident management system is described, explaining its basic components and features. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Communicate emergency and non-emergency information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The response to a reported emergency is initiated in line with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Communication procedures, etiquettes, codes and practices are used appropriately in relation to a range of typical emergency and non-emergency contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information required to establish needs at the scene of an emergency is gathered, using all relevant sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information regarding safety requirements and the need for assistance at the scene of an emergency is communicated timeously to all relevant parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A basic incident report is completed, ensuring that feedback is given to all relevant parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Non-emergency information is received and relayed to relevant parties, using appropriate communication equipment effectively. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication equipment includes telepone, radio and electronic mediums.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform basic emergency scene activities in a safe manner. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Protective clothing and equipment must be task specific but at a minimum includes: head, hand, foot and eye protection as well as safety equipment when working at a height.
  • Apparatus means a pumping/rescue purpose built vehicle with a dedicated crew seating area. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective clothing is selected and used in accordance with standard operating procedures designed to ensure its effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety equipment is selected and used correctly, in line with the requirements of the specific incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All safety procedures are followed during response as a crew member on an apparatus to an emergency scene. 


    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 
  • Procedures for reporting an emergency and the information needs of the dispatch centre.
  • Locate information in departmental documents and standard or code materials.
  • Safety procedures for mounting and dismounting when riding fire apparatus. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    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, and using effectively a variety of communication equipment. 

  • 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 of an emergency service organisation. 

  • 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  57803   Further Education and Training Certificate: Fire and Rescue Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Africa Corporate Training Institute and HR Consulting 
    2. AfroXpert Performance Developement cc 
    3. Agisanang SA Training 
    4. All Access Holdings 
    5. Asiphokuhle Training and Research Institute 
    6. City of Tshwane Community Safety - FIRE 
    7. DGA and RSS 
    8. Fire Fit 
    9. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
    10. Insiks Faya 
    11. Josmap Training Institute 
    12. K Shabangu FET College 
    13. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    14. Matsila Holdings 
    15. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    16. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    17. Polokwane Local Municipality 
    18. Progressive School of Business and Engineering (Pty) 
    19. PTDEV (Pty) Ltd 
    20. Riverport Training Academy 
    21. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    22. RUSTENBURG EMERGENCY AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES TRAINING ACADEMY 
    23. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    24. Sasol Secunda - Emergency Management Training Academy 
    25. Sebenzisanane Human Capital 
    26. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    27. South African Corporate Training Association 
    28. St Francis Fire & Safety Learning Academy 
    29. Tloumogale Business Development & Consulting 
    30. Tshwane Training Institute (PTY) LTD. 
    31. Vhembe District Municipality 
    32. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 
    33. 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.