Participate in a Rescue Operation

Course Description

This course will cover both theoretical and practical elements of the competency required to participate in rescue operations as a member of a rescue team.

Unit of Competency

PUASAR022 – Participate in a rescue operation

Course Content

  • Prepare and respond to Rescue
  • Access the scene
  • Terminate Rescue Operations
  • Check, service and maintain rescue equipment
  • Work in a Team
  • Escort stretchers in raising and lowering operations
  • Ascent and descent systems
  • Safety Systems
  • Stretcher Rigging
  • Implement safe and effective scene management
  • Manage edge protection
  • Treat and package casualties
  • Undertake scene assessment and reporting
  • Use personal protective and rescue equipment within its safe work limitations
  • Wear appropriate personal protective and rescue equipment correctly


Assessment of knowledge will be conducted by use of a workbook and verbal questioning. Participants will also be required to demonstrate competence through a range of practical activities.

Entry Requirements

The ability to;

  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  •  Understand regulatory requirements
  • Perform numeracy tasks to the level of calculating fall distances and safe working loads
  • Climb ladders and/or other structures
  • Wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required by the site
  • Perform manual handling tasks and strenuous activities
  • Participants that suffer from vertigo may find it difficult to partake in practical activities and fulfil the requirements of the course.


PUAEME001 Provide emergency care or HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support

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.


Face to Face training will be conducted over a period of 8 hours including both theory and practical components. Training can be conducted both on or offsite site provided access to a range of emergency equipment appropriate to the sites emergency plan and a suitable training room is available for use.

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 Information Will PARCOR Require?

Due to the assessment requirements of the unit of competency, PARCOR will need to be provided with the following information prior to training commencement;

  • Types of environments where vertical rescue may be required
  • Site Working at Heights Procedures
  •  Site Working at Heights Permit
  • Site Emergency Plan
  • JSEA or SWMS
  • List of Rescue equipment used onsite

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

How Often Should Reassessment be Conducted?

The industry regards reassessment on a one to two year cycle as good practice.

Where Can I View the Unit of Competency?

PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation –

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