Portable Fire Equipment & Emergency Warden

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Course Overview

This course is designed for members of the Emergency Control Organisation (wardens) in factories, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, offices or other workplaces that also need to be taught in the correct usage of portable fire equipment.

Emergency Control Organisations (ECO’s) are defined in the Australian Standards. In this course participants are assisted in understanding their position within the emergency response structure and the importance of a team response to effectively control emergencies.

Fire extinguishers are designed as an initial response tool to deal with fire emergencies when they are at their smallest and most manageable. Portable fire equipment training is structured to give participants basic knowledge of fire, combustible materials and an appreciation of the hazards involved in combating small controllable fires.

When used correctly, this equipment is a valuable tool in preventing costly losses, both at home and in the workplace. Without appropriate training, the effectiveness of this equipment and user confidence can be significantly reduced.

All participants have the opportunity to extinguish live fires to build confidence and reinforce correct techniques for applying extinguishing agents. At all times participants will be guided by our skilled instructors to ensure safe usage practices are adhered to.

Workplace emergencies such as fires, bomb threats, chemical spills and other emergencies are discussed, along with the appropriate considerations and responses. Site communications and procedures for evacuation of personnel to nominated muster points are discussed and explained.

People should receive training for Emergency Warden and Portable Fire Equipment if they may be exposed to fire emergencies and aspire to be, or are currently serving as either a member of an Emergency Control Organisation and/or a member of an Emergency Planning Organisation.


6 Hours

Location: This course is normally trained at your Workplace using your sites Emergency Plans, Policies and Procedures. If necessary we can train at our Training Centre tailoring this course to your sites specific requirements.
Cost: Please call or email our office to obtain more information including pricing and course dates.
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Subjects Covered

  • Types of Emergencies
  • First Response to Emergencies
  • Raising the alarm
  • Safety alarms
  • Contacting Emergency Services
  • Chemistry of a Fire
  • The Fire Tetrahedron
  • Transfer of Heat
  • Classes of Fire
  • Type of Extinguishers
  • Extinguisher Compatibility to type of fire
  • Initial Actions-Method of Extinguishment
  • ECO Structure
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Stages of evacuation
  • After Incident Actions

Pre-entry Requirements

Fitness to Participate and Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills are required in order to communicate, complete, undertake written and practical assessment activities. If you have any concerns regarding the LLN requirements, please contact 1300 886 208 for assistance.


As we are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) our participants will be awarded a Nationally recognised Statement of Attainment on the successful completion of the training and assessment for this course.

The Units of competency covered in this course are:

MSMWHS212 Undertake first response to fire incidents

PUAFER005 Operate as part of an emergency control organisation

Refresher Training

AS 3745 – 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities states that where first-attack firefighting by specific occupants is included in the emergency procedures, these occupants shall attend a skills retention activity in first-attack firefighting at intervals not greater than two years.

skills retention activities for members of the ECO (including wardens) must be undertaken at intervals no greater than 6 months, and shall;

  • Be determined by the EPC (Emergency Planning Committee)
  • Include revision of roles and responsibilities
  • Include instruction of the operation of the communications systems (if installed)

Skills retention activities may also include but not necessarily be limited to table-top exercises and evacuation exercises for the ECO.

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