Emergency Response Team Member (Fire)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil the role of Emergency Response Team Member and to be able to demonstrate competence in that role.


An Emergency Response Team Member (Fire) certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 3271 L2 C1 V7, 3272 L3 C3 V4, 4647 L2 C1 V6

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • chemistry and physics of fire.
  • fire terminology.
  • fire extinguisher and hose reel types and their operation.
  • demonstration of the correct use of fire extinguishers and hose reels on different classes of fire.
  • Hazards of flammable liquids and gases.
  • Co-ordinated fire attacks using different extinguishing mediums.
  • Foam and water calculations.
  • Communicating as a team and working as a team
  • Use of a SCBA in a team environment.
  • Quick rescue techniques.
  • Minimum manpower techniques.
  • Water and foam use.
  • Fire classifications and suppression techniques.
  • Selection and implementation of strategies to deal with fire.
  • SCBA and its effect on physiology of the human body.
  • Wearing SCBA for safe use and survivability.
  • Shut down and re commission of a SCBA set.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fire classes and fire suppression techniques
  • Select and use hand extinguisher and fixed hose reels to suppress the fire
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of the chemistry of fire and the basic principles of the physics of fire.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of BA and its effects on the physiology of the human body
  • Wear a BA in actual/practical simulated conditions.
  • Manage a BA for safe use and survivability.
  • Shut down and recommission a BA.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites

Participants are required to sign a declaration that they are in good health (have no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would affect their ability to succeed in this training) OR provide a current (less than 6 months old) medical certificate.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when the student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The assessment will involve team activity.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Training recommendation is every two years by attending a one day refresher.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for wearing under Fire Fighting attire.
  • Socks.
  • Covered in footwear.
  • Water bottle.
  • Change of clothes and towel for available shower.


A MEDICAL is MANDATORY prior to course commencement.

Research shows that you are more susceptible to heat distress disorders if you consume alcohol within 24 hours of training with live fire. We recommend you do not consume alcohol 24 hours before training nor over the days of training”

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Course Length

4 Days


Emergency Response Training Centre, Bell Block


$3695 + GST per person

Group rates available

Please be aware, a fuel surcharge may apply.

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.

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