Emergency Response Team

Course Description

The overall aim of the program being to provide the ERT with the skills and knowledge to be able to effectively undertake the Emergency Response functions in an emergency situation at the organisations site.

Units of Competency

PUAWER008B Confine small workplace emergencies

PUAWER009B Participate as a member of a workplace emergency initial response team

PUAWER004B Respond to workplace emergencies

PUAFIR207B – Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

PUAFIR215 Prevent Injury

PUATEA001B Work in a Team

PUASAR022A Participate in a rescue operation

PUASAR025A Undertake Confined Space Rescue

PUAFIR320 Render hazardous materials incidents safe

PUAFIR308B Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident

Course Content

  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Confine Small Workplace Emergencies
  • Prevent Injury
  • Work In A Team
  • Work Independently
  • Emergency Response Team Operations (This training is conducted off site and uses real fire with real scenarios to prepare your team to the highest level)
  • Participate in a Rescue Operation
  • Emergency Response Team Leadership

Entry Requirements

The ability to;

  • Read, understand and complete workplace documentation
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  • Speak clearly and unambiguously in English
  • Understand regulatory requirements
  • Perform numeracy tasks to the level of measuring gas levels, temperatures and exposure limits
  • Climb ladders and/or other structures
  • Wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required
  • Perform manual handling tasks and strenuous activities
  • Comply with “AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment” requirements for maintaining a facial seal


There are no prerequisites.

Participant Responsibilities

Participants are required to be on time for all courses and bring a form of identification such as Australian Drivers Licence or Medicare Card for verification of details listed on the course enrolment form.

Due to the practical nature of this course, participants will be required to wear suitable attire such as long pants and work boots. Where appropriate other PPE such as High Visibility clothing, safety glasses and hard hats are to be worn.

For additional Participant Responsibilities, refer to the Participant Handbook.


This is a training package delivered over a two-year period.

The program generally comprises one day per quarter on site per year and one day at a specialist facility.

PARCOR caters for training onsite throughout Victoria including areas such as Melbourne, Geelong, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Bendigo, Ballarat, Horsham, Sale, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Mildura, Wangaratta, Dandenong, Frankston and Traralgon.

Group Size

To ensure quality training and a safe learning environment, the maximum allowable group size is 12 participants

What Will Your Organisation Receive?

  • Statement of Attainment issued to individual participants who successfully complete the requirements of the unit of competency and have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Nationally Recognised Training Summary for your Health and Safety Office compliance file

Where Can I View the Unit of Competency?

PUAWER008B Confine small workplace emergencies https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAWER008B

PUAWER009B Participate as a member of a workplace emergency initial response team https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAWER009B

PUAWER004B Respond to workplace emergencies https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAWER004B

PUAFIR207B – Operate breathing apparatus open circuit  https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAFIR207B

PUAFIR215 Prevent Injury https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAFIR215

PUATEA001B Work in a Team https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUATEA001B

PUASAR022A Participate in a rescue operation https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUASAR022A

PUASAR025A Undertake confined space rescue https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUASAR025A

PUAFIR320 Render hazardous materials incidents safe https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAFIR320

PUAFIR308B Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/PUAFIR308B

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