Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 19

Unit 19 - Navigation Skills used in the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

Fast response times are critical for the Fire and Rescue Service when attending incidents. In order to achieve this it is essential to be able to select and use the most appropriate navigational aids.

Through completion of this unit learners will develop and good knowledge and understanding of a variety of navigational aids used by the Fire and Rescue Service and they will learn how to use these. This will include how to use maps and how to plan the most appropriate route from one point to another.

The accurate use of road atlases is an important element of this unit as it relates closely to the work of the Fire and Rescue Services. Learners will be given the opportunity to practice their navigation skills in a variety of situations.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand how navigation aids and techniques are used within the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Be able to extract information from different types of maps
  • Be able to navigate as a group or an individual from one point to another

1 Understand how navigation aids and techniques are used within the Fire and Rescue Service

Navigational Aids: navigational aids e.g. compass, Global Positioning Position (GPS), maps including road, street, public transport and Ordnance Survey maps; method of using various navigational aids; identifying most appropriate navigational aid to use in a given situation

Navigational Techniques: method of identifying current location; method of identifying proposed location; method of identifying most appropriate route to a given location

2 Be able to extract information from different types of maps

Map Legends: map legends, scale and its uses; common map symbols

Topographical Information: extract topographical information from a map; barriers and features; contours; grid references; orienting map to ground; relating ground to map; calculations and distance from map

3 Be able to navigate as a group or individual from one point to another

Route planning skills: use of map to plan a route; estimation of journey times; consideration of the effects of gradient; route checks to ensure accurate navigation; identification of terrain types

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 how two different navigational aids are used in the Fire and Rescue Service
P2describe how a map legend is used and identify five common map symbols
P3plan and navigate a route from one point to another using appropriate resources

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