Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 2

Unit 2 - The Emergency Services Community

Unit abstract

This unit will provide learners with the opportunity to identify the different roles and functions within the Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services. It is essential that emergency service providers work together to plan for and resolve operational incidents and other non-emergency activities.

This unit allows learners to develop knowledge of all the emergency services and an understanding of the way they work together whilst developing a range of team and personal skills.

Learners will gain an insight into how the Fire and Rescue Service works with the other emergency service providers to help keep the community safe. This will be achieved through participation in a variety of different activities, which will culminate in learners demonstrating a broad range of knowledge and understanding of the emergency services community.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the emergency services roles and responsibilities
  • Understand when the Fire and Rescue Service works with other emergency services

1 Understand emergency services roles and responsibilities

Fire: community safety; responses to operational incidents; resources, appliances and equipment; regulatory fire safety functions.

Police: crime prevention; types of incidents attended; specialist sections i.e. traffic police; community support officer role; youth engagement activities; types of offences and their consequences; courts of law; police stations; different vehicles; training.

Ambulance: incident attended; different vehicles; range of roles; specialist sections; first aid; St. John Ambulance and the Red Cross; training.

Other emergency services: mountain rescue; cave rescue; life boat and coastguard.

2 Understand when the Fire and Rescue Service works with other emergency services

Major incidents: planning coordinated responses; identification of high risks in the local area i.e. oil refinery, transport systems; communication systems; rehearsals for major incidents i.e. train crash, biological and chemical attack, terrorist attack .

Road Traffic Collisions (RTC): coordinated response to vehicle and multiple vehicle collisions;

Combined working: arson; juvenile crime reduction activities; community events; road safety; training.

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 roles and responsibilities of emergency service providers
P2describe when the Fire and Rescue Service works with other emergency services

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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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