The operational firefighter will be able to:
- Carry out safe working practices in accordance with legal requirements as detailed within the knowledge section.
- Operate safely and effectively in emergency situations.
- Operate within an appropriate command and control system.
- Operate in hazardous environments using Breathing Apparatus.
- Safely resolve incidents involving hazardous materials, such as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive substances. These will be resolved by stopping further harm and then removal of/clearing up the substance.
- Safely work at height.
- Safely work in, on or around water e.g. to conduct rescues or extract water for firefighting purposes.
- Extricate casualties from situations of entrapment.
- Interact with and influence community members and business to reduce risks.
- Take responsibility for effective performance within their role.
- Support the development of their colleagues.
- Use and maintain specialist equipment e.g. breathing apparatus, cutting equipment, aerial platforms.
- Extinguish fires safely and effectively in buildings, vehicles, wild land environments and following chemical spillages.
- Maintain physical fitness and mental wellbeing to ensure operational readiness.
- Solve problems by understanding, recalling, applying and adapting relevant information in an organised, safe and systematic way.
- Communicate effectively, through listening, writing, speaking and presenting information.
The operational firefighter will know and understand:
- How to engage with Communities to increase community safety and prevention awareness to prevent incidents from occurring and improve their health and wellbeing.
- The risks within their community and the methods that can be used to mitigate those risks.
- Appropriate methods of resolving fire and rescue emergency incidents using various fire extinguishing media (water, foam/chemical) and various rescue and extrication techniques (E.g. rope rescue, water rescue, rescue from height, confined spaces) etc.
- Fire science and behaviour, ventilation, hydraulics and principles of thermodynamics.
- Environmental protection by limiting the impact of an incident using a variety of techniques such as applying neutralising or absorbent agents and physical barriers.
- Using personal and respiratory protective equipment in hazardous environments.
- How to prepare, use and maintain specialist equipment and resources.
- Hazards and control measures across a range of emergencies.
- The principles of multi-agency working with stakeholders such as police and ambulance service in emergency situations
- How to operate specialist information communication and technology systems, e.g. mobile data terminals, radios.
- How to carry out emergency pre-hospital medical treatment and support (Non-medical professionals).
- The importance of maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing.
- Their duty within relevant Legislation (e.g. Fire and Rescue Services Act, 2004 Armed Forces Act 2016 (Ch. 21), Mines Regs. 2014, Health and Safety Act 1996, Equalities Act 2010 and Civil Contingency Act 2004).
- The Operational Firefighter should demonstrate the following behaviours, personal qualities and attributes:
- A commitment to integrity and diversity, understanding and adopting a fair and ethical approach and treating others with courtesy and respect.
- Embrace and promote the values of the organisation.
- Confidence and resilience within the role in highly challenging and changing situations, demonstrating reliability, adaptability, responsibility and accountability to the organisation. Commitment to development, both within oneself and others.
- Situational awareness by maintaining an active awareness of the working environment to ensure a safe, secure and compliant working culture.
- Commitment to excellence, by adopting a conscientious and proactive approach to work to achieve and maintain excellent standards with a motivation to succeed.
- Work collaboratively with others, both internally and externally.
- Have a positive attitude to carrying out of their own role, exercising self discipline and working with others and the community.
Employers may have a number of entry requirements to protect individuals and the community that may also restrict individual applicants. These could include geographical location (Response times); legal safeguards (e.g. Disclosure and Barring Service checks); age, medical and physical fitness including eyesight. These requirements and selection tests will vary between organisations and may be subject to change and the decision to accept applicants will be made by the individual employer. Employers who recruit apprentices without English and Maths at level 2 must achieve level 2 English and Maths prior to taking their end-point assessment. Some employers may set out local requirements for entry such as a level of ICT literacy in addition to any or all of the above.
Depending on the size and location of the organisation and the qualifications upon entry, the apprenticeship will typically take between 24 and 30 months to complete.
Professional Qualifications / Recognition
This apprenticeship standard is at Level 3.
Successful apprentices will be eligible for professional registration with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) at Technician (TIFireE) level.
Having completed this apprenticeship further training and qualifications could lead to career pathways within Fire and Rescue Sector and across the wider Protective Services sector.
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