Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3775 ..
Response to wildfire
Incident Control System Introduction
Advanced fire weather training
Development of incident control strategies
Working in a team
Communicating in the workplace
Following defined Occupational Health and Safety practices and procedures
Operating communications systems and equipment
Leadership, command, and supervision qualifications
Control and coordination qualifications
Various qualifications associated with working around and with aircraft
Driving vehicles under operational conditions
Not all current officers have completed all of these training requirements, as curriculum for some is not yet available and the ACTBS is still in the process of completing its Recognition of Current Competency requirements. Also, the ACTBS is still in the transition period from the previous training framework to the NTQF.
(3) Training is offered to all ACTBS officers and crew throughout each year. Often members who have previously qualified in a specific skill elect to attend the training again as a refresher. Alternatively, the skills used during normal brigade operations and training is sufficient to ensure that they are maintaining their competence. The ACT Bushfire Council policy requirement is that if an officer has not attended an incident for two years that officer must undergo a skills maintenance program before the commencement of the next bushfire season.
(4) Officers are provided with a number of opportunities for training and upgrading their skills. Brigades organise and conduct training throughout the year. The Emergency Services Bureau also organises and conducts training. Additionally, brigade officers may attend and are provided opportunities to undertake training conducted by other fire agencies around Australia.
The Emergency Services Bureau sponsors a number of people to attend national conferences and workshops that are conducted for members of the various fire and other emergency service agencies around Australia. The Emergency Services Bureau also supports and promotes a mentor system whereby during emergency responses, an officer is assigned to another officer with more experience to assist with and to learn about fire management.
(Question No 835)
Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 20 August 2003: