Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 1

Unit 1 - The role of the Fire and Rescue Service in the community

Unit abstract

This is the core unit for this qualification. It will enable learners to gain an insight into the Fire and Rescue Service, its various operational techniques and community safety initiatives.

The Fire and Rescue Service requires a high level of teamwork and communication skills to enable it to meet the diverse needs of its communities.

This unit allows learners to develop an understanding of the range of team and personal skills, knowledge and understanding along with the associated hazards and risks that are an essential aspects of the work of the Fire and Rescue Service Community.

This will be achieved through participation in a variety of different activities; which will culminate in learners having the ability to demonstrate a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding of the Fire and Rescue Service and its role within the Community.

It is recommended that this unit is delivered first as an introduction to this qualification. Learners can further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in these areas through specialist units within this qualification.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the role of the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Be able to develop basic skills needed to work in the Fire and Rescue Service

1 Understand the role of the Fire and Rescue Service

Organisation and structure: structure of Fire and Rescue Service; how the Fire and Rescue Service fits into the broader emergency services community; role e.g. preventative measures, operational response

Risks and safety control measures: main hazards and risks when working within the Fire and Rescue Service environment e.g. major and minor injuries, loss of life, emotional stress; safety control measures e.g. protective clothing, drills, risk assessment; safety words of command used within the Fire and Rescue Service environment

Exercise ground procedures: method used for forming into crews and identifying roles; how to conduct tasks on the drill ground as instructed

Pumping appliances and equipment: the operation and use of a selection of Fire and Rescue Service equipment; e.g. branch, delivery hose, standpipe, key and bar, pump, line, risks and safety features involved when working from a pressure fed supply; effects of jet reaction when holding a jet and demonstrate the method of countering them; how to refill the appliance tank via a pressure fed supply.

Rescue techniques: methods of picking up, carrying and placing down a casualty using two rescuers; method of entering, moving around and exiting compartments and buildings; methods of extricating casualties from different situations

Building safer communities: what is meant by the local community; ways in which the local community can be improved

Cause and effect of your own and other people’s actions: consequences of own and other people’s actions in relation to personal safety and its impact on the community; i.e. anti- social behaviour including hoax calls, arson and vehicle crime.

2 Be able to develop basic skills needed to work in the Fire and Rescue Service

Teamwork: work effectively as a member of a team; support others to achieve team objectives

Communication skills: effective communication methods in different working environments

Problem solving: know how to collect relevant information in order to make informed decisions; plan, carry out and evaluate plans of action to achieve effective outcomes; identification of alternative strategies

Diversity and equality: define diversity and equality; know how to treat people with respect, consideration and understanding

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1Describe the role of the Fire and Rescue Service
P2Identify three main hazards and risks when working with the Fire and Rescue Service and describe the safety control measures that are in place to reduce these risks
P3Identify and demonstrate the operation and use of three items of Fire and Rescue Service equipment
P4Demonstrate the basic skills needed to work in the Fire and Rescue Services
P5Describe how anti-social behaviour can affect the Fire and Rescue Service community

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars e.g. FSC1/89 - Breathing Apparatus and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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