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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control and extinguish fires on a ship 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259402  Control and extinguish fires on a ship 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
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 
This unit standard is intended for learners who wish to work in the maritime environment. Fire on board a ship is one of the ever present and most feared threats to any crew. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will achieve the knowledge and practical competencies required to fight fires on a vessel. The competencies captured in this Unit Standard are not only have to physically fight the fire itself but the directing of fire fighting efforts as well.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Operate fire fighting and related damage control equipment.
  • Extinguish and control fires.
  • Assess and report damage. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Operate fire fighting and related damage control equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fire fighting and related damage control equipment is located and identified on systems drawings and on the vessel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fire fighting and related damage control equipment is operated and applied according to their purpose, operating principles and areas of functioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of capabilities and limitations of the automated fire fighting systems and equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Automated systems may include but are not limited to the HYFEX systems, the magazine sprinkler systems, the ANSUL system, the Gas Turbine, the propulsion diesel and diesel generator carbon dioxide extinguishing systems, the Firemain System and engine room ventilation fire flaps.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The carbon dioxide percussion system is initiated and all relevant mechanical and electrical equipment is isolated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Portable extinguishers and salvage systems are operated in accordance with their purpose, design and as per standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Portables extinguishers include but are not limited to automated fire-fighting, powder and Carbon Dioxide extinguishers, fire hoses and nozzles.
  • Salvage systems include but are not limited to eductors, fixed salvage pumps and portable electric plus diesel salvage pumps.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Instances requiring the jettison of petrol tanks is identified and if necessary initiated in terms of the associated safety precautions and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Breathing equipment is utilised during the fighting of fires according to its limitations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Limitations includes air pressure and capacity (time on air).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Extinguish and control fires. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures to be followed for requesting additional external assistance to fight fire are applied according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific fire fighting procedures are applied in terms of each compartments layout, hazards and equipment in the compartment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards include hazards to be removed or neutralised and blow down air bottles.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is directed and operated to control and extinguish fires in accordance with operating instructions, organisational drills and the nature and characteristics of the type of fire. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of fire include Class A, Class B and Class C fires and engine room fires.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All types of fires are responded to in terms of own duties and responsibilities in detection, communication and direction of fire fighting activities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Duties include the application of first aid, the isolation of compartments, raising the alarm, conducting kill card actions, the activation of fire fighting systems, plans for re-entry and the obtaining of power from best available remaining source (diesel generator fires).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Remote and automated fire fighting systems are operated in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Fire fighting teams are briefed in terms of their duties and responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Fire-fighting activities are directed in a safe manner so as to extinguish the fire as quickly as possible and minimise damage to the ship and injury to personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Commands are given in a clear, concise and correct manner maritime terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The safety of the vessel and personnel is controlled during the fire fighting activities via available systems and by means of constant monitoring and feedback. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assess and report damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information in terms of the fire is collected from fire fighters and supervisory personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The fire is assessed in terms of causes and consequences of the fire in terms of damage to the ship, equipment and personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports on damage are completed and submitted to the appropriate authority within agreed time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information relating to fire fighting is disseminated via approved channels to assist with refinement of equipment, responses and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An 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 with 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 with 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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Extinguishing and controlling fires. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • Extinguishing and controlling fires. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Operating fire fighting and related damage control equipment.
  • Extinguishing and controlling fires. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Assessing and reporting damage. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Operating fire fighting and related damage control equipment.
  • Extinguishing and controlling fires. 

  • 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  64049   Further Education Training Certificate: Harbour Watchkeeping  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS 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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