Advanced Fire Fighter

The following is an extract from a recent training publication known as "Talk about Training"

Advanced Programs Overview

A suite of Advanced Programs have been developed by taking topics previously covered in the AFP 2003 and the AFT 2003 programs and adapting them into a modular format, based on individual topic areas and on the skills and knowledge need to commence Crew Leader training.

These Advanced Programs have been developed with the aim to:

  1. Identify the key technical skills and knowledge required by a fire fighter to undertake Crew Leader training and above.
  2. Update the topic content of the AFP 2003 and AFT 2003 programs to ensure it is meeting current Service needs and requirements.
  3. Allow for modular delivery of the topics, to support more flexible training by tailoring topics to roles available to a wide range of members.
  4. Revise the entry requirements, if appropriate, to support more flexible training.
  5. Support the implementation of flexible membership within the NSW RFS
  6. Identify content that can be adapted for on-line delivery, thus allowing a greater uptake of blended learning in the NSW RFS.

In addition, by reviewing the key technical skills and knowledge required to undertake Crew Leader training and above, it has resulted in a reduction of the number of topics required for entry to this level training.  This reduction should assist in Members being able to developed their skills and knowledge in a more focused manner.  It should also assist in a reduction of the time needed by members to participate in training and the time needed by trainers and assessors to deliver the training.

By adapting the AFP and AFT Programs into modular format, the delivery of the topics covered has been made more flexible.  That is, delivery can be as a stand alone module catering for those members who wish to focus on just one topic.  This stand alone delivery could be conducted over a number of week nights, for example.  Alternatively, a number of modules could be combined to cover a number of topics together and delivered over weekend, for example.

Career / Service Progression

In terms of progression to the Crew Leader (Wildfire) program, the required minimum skills set to commence the CLW program has been identified and the Advanced Programs that are pre-requisites for CLW are outlined below.

Advanced Programs Introduction (API)

Advanced Programs: Introduction (API) is an introduction to the internal NSW RFS suite of advanced programs for individual members to carry out bush firefighting and associated functions for periods of time without the need for constant direct supervision, while working as part of a team or as an individual.

It is also intended to inform members of the various training pathways within firefighting and other areas of service delivery across the NSW RFS.

Prerequisite: BF or BFS

Hydraulics and pumping (HYD)

Hydraulics and pumping (HYD) is an internal NSW RFS program for members to carry out pumping operations without the need for constant direct supervision.

It is designed to enable suitable firefighters to operate pumps, deliver adequate flow rates and pressure safely and effectively while working under orders, but without constant direct supervision.

Prerequisite: BF

Navigation (NAV)

Navigation (NAV) is an internal NSW RFS program for members required to navigate in urban and rural environments.
Prerequisite: IND

Wildfire Behaviour (WFB)

Wildfire Behaviour (WFB) is an internal NSW RFS program for members to learn how to predict fire behaviour characteristics in order to apply appropriate fire fighting tactics.

Prerequisite: BF or BFS

Certification and Badges

When a member has successfully completed API, CSW, HYD, NAV and WFB they will be eligible to receive an Advanced Firefighter (AF) badge.

For more information about training programs and courses in the RFS see the RFS Training area.