Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 15

Unit 15 - Improving Our Community with the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

Fire and Rescue Services are embedded in the community as a service provider and partner agency for many aspects of community life. This unit will enable learners to identify the benefits of working within the community, which could include volunteering, liaising with key members of local community groups and planning and completing a community project.

Learners will develop a good knowledge of groups and agencies within the local community and the issues they face, and will gain an understanding of how they can positively contribute to their local community whilst developing a broad range of team and personal skills.

Learners will gain an insight into the variety of work the Fire and Rescue Service undertakes to improve fire safety and build relationships within the local community. This will be achieved through partnership with the local community in a variety of different activities, which will culminate in learners understanding the value of making a positive contribution to their local community and bringing different groups together in a cohesive way.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to plan a project to benefit the local community
  • Be able to implement and evaluate a project that benefits the local community

1 Be able to plan a project to benefit the local community

Project selection: potential projects based on local needs; benefits to community; local community’s perceptions; group decision on final project; benefits to individuals e.g. skills development

Project plan: seeking permission and support for the project e.g. local authorities, school, community group; timetable and task breakdown; risk assessment; prioritisation of tasks; budget and sourcing funding i.e. fundraising, local businesses, Fire and Rescue Service; resource implications i.e. availability, cost, timescales, sustainability identifying specialist skills required; logistics;

2 Be able to implement and evaluate a project that benefits the local community

Project implementation: task assignments; meeting timescales; applying new skills; working in different roles within the team; identifying and resolving difficulties i.e. delays, lack of resources; negotiating and communication skills; management of budget; following project plan; reporting difficulties

Evaluation: review project outcomes against project plan; identify good practice and areas for improvement and development

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 a suitable community project and describe the expected outcome such a project could have on the local community
P2Plan, implement and evaluate the project as part of a group

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Essential Resources


  • 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 and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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