Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 6

Unit 6 - Special Appliances used by the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

Learners will gain an insight into the various special appliances and associated equipment used by the Fire and Rescue Service.

This unit allows learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the fleet of special appliances used within their local Fire and Rescue Service and an understanding of their importance at a variety of incidents.

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 a range of special appliances and their role within the Fire and Rescue service.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to identify a number of different special appliances and their ancillary equipment
  • Understand what type of incidents the special appliances attend and their roles at those incidents

1 Be able to identify a number of different special appliances and their ancillary equipment

Special appliances: Fire Rescue Units (FRU), Major Rescue Unit (MRU) Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALP), Command Support Unit (CSU), Urban Search and Rescue unit (USAR), Hazardous Materials unit (HMU), Major Salvage Unit (MSU), Hose Laying Unit, Breathing Apparatus Main Control Unit, FireSpy Robot, Foam Carrying Unit (FCU), Foam Making Unit (FMU), Incident Support Unit (IRU), Personnel / Refreshment Unit (PRU), All Terrain Vehicle (ATV); associated risks and safety measures

Specialist ancillary equipment: BA compressor, inner cordon equipment, lighting, generators, inflatable shelters, fuel, salvage equipment, environmental equipment, foam injectors, bulk foam supplies, heavy rescue equipment, trench rescue equipment, floating paths, vibraphone, 1st aid equipment, lifting gear, remote control JCB, all terrain vehicle, water heaters, personal safety harnesses, communications equipment, other associated equipment; associated risks and safety measures

2 Understand what type of incidents the special appliances attend & their roles at those incidents

Incidents: large road, rail or air traffic collisions; large building fires, biological and chemical incidents; terrorist attacks; high rise fires; oil refinery, chemical incidents; natural disasters e.g. flooding; land slips, earth quakes, collapsed buildings

Role of special appliances: pumping; mass decontamination; search and rescue, damage limitation, environmental protection, supporting fire crews, heavy cutting and lifting; Investigation; securing hazardous materials; associated risks and safety features

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:
P1Identify and describe the use of special appliances in Fire and Rescue Service
P2Describe the main risks and safety features when working with special appliances
P3Describe the incidents attended by a special appliance and its role there

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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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