Village Fire Fighter
- Published: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:42
- Written by Lance Hartley
VF covers fire behaviour, safety, use of equipment, team work, procedures and fire protection systems. Only firefighters who expect to attend village type fires/incidents need training to VF level.
It is highly desirable that nominees already have the ability to bowl and roll 38mm and 65mm canvass hose by hand, ship and install a standpipe, branch skills and a reasonable level of flexibility to work and advance in a low position for defensive fire fighting.
Fire behaviour in buildings and vehicles often depends on quite different factors from those that influence bush fires, and they may present different hazards to firefighters.
Village fires usually also develop much faster. This means that the ability to quickly receive a call, respond firefighting units and commence firefighting at the scene is much more critical than in grass or bush firefighting.
Village Firefighter courses are delivered and assessed locally by qualified trainers and assessors and are aligned with the following National Public Safety Training Package unit of competency:
- PUAFIR202B: Respond to Isolated/Remote Structure Fire.
- RFSVF05CAU: VF05 Competency Alignment Unit
The course involves instructor-led theory and practical sessions, in addition to self-paced post-course activities covering:
- Structural fire behaviour
- Gas fire behaviour
- Motor vehicle fires and accidents
- Urban interface fire fighting
- Use of equipment in a structural fire environment
- Fireground procedures
- Options including Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus Support, Fixed Fire Protection, and familiarisation with Urban Search & Rescue operations
For more information about training programs and courses in the RFS see the RFS Training area.