This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond appropriately in emergency situations, such as those caused by fire, accident or weather. It requires the ability to maintain participant welfare when responding to emergency situations.

This unit applies to individuals who work in a range of roles and settings in the sport, fitness or recreation industries. This includes after-school or holiday-care programs; those assisting with coaching activities, as attendants at sporting grounds or facilities; or undertaking a role in indoor and outdoor recreation activities, such as camps and other guided activities. This unit also applies to those working in aquatic centres, such as instructors, operators or lifeguards.

These individuals undertake work according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - respond to at least five of the following emergency situations, relevant to the individual's current or intended work situation: fire; hazardous release; bomb threat; medical; accidents; panic and other emotional responses; equipment failure; lost party member; changing environmental conditions; activity specific, and; - use the necessary emergency equipment for each situation in an appropriate manner. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - organisational policies and procedures related to emergency responses; - appropriate responses to emergency situations; - safe use of emergency equipment required for emergency responses; - the role of appropriate personnel in the workplace; - role of appropriate personnel in emergency services; - role of communication systems; - communication techniques for supporting and reassuring customers, and; - range of formats for and inclusions of incident reports.

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