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PUA20619 Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)

Please note, PUA20619 is currently in transition, and will not be available to enrol into from 14/12/2023. See PUA20622 for updated qualification details. 

    Course Description

    This highly practical and interactive program provides the knowledge and skills required by responders to perform a range of varied activities such as structural fire fighting, responding to rescue incidents including medical and or road crash rescue.

    The skills and knowledge developed on this program can be applied in a wide range of industries such as emergency services, oil and gas, construction and manufacturing and the resources sector. 

    Units of Competency

    This course consists of:

    Core Units

    • HLTAID011 Provide first aid
    • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment^
    • PUAFIR203 Respond to urban fire^
    • PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
    • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
    • PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
    • PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation^
    • PUATEA001 Work in a team

    Elective Units

    • PUACOM001 Communicate in the workplace
    • PUAWHS001 Follow defined work, health and safety policies and procedures
    • PUASAR032 Undertake vertical rescue^ OR PUASAR024 Undertake road crash rescue^
    ^These units have pre-requisite requirements.

    This qualification can be customised and contextualised with alternate elective units in line with packaging rules for specific groups.  Contact Us to find out more. 

    Course Outline

    • Respiratory & SCBA
    • Introduction to firemanship and urban fire
    • Operational procedures, protocols and equipment
    • Compartment fire behaviour, operational fire fighting and rescue
    • Road crash rescue or vertical rescue

    Mode of Delivery

    This course will be delivered as a blend of distance/online and face-to-face learning and assessment.

    For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


    This course is scheduled for:

    Distance/online learning and assessment and up to 14 days of face-to-face practical demonstrations (depending on chosen electives).

    Student's should allow approximately 6 months to complete this course.

    Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

    Students holding a previous certification for the unit of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.

    Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.

    ^PUAFIR210 Prevent injury is a formal pre-requisite for PUAEQU001 and PUAFIR207 and is covered within this program.

    ^PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit is a formal pre-requisite for PUAFIR203 and is covered within this program.

    ^HLTAID011 Provide first aid is a formal pre-requisite for PUASAR022 and is covered within this program.

    ^HLTAID011 Provide first aid and PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation are formal pre-requisites for PUASAR024 and is covered within this program.

    ^PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation pre req to PUASAR032 and is covered within this program.


    Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).


    This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart & Skilled. Concessions or partial/full exemptions may apply for eligible participants. For more information Contact Us.

    • For individual and group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.
    • Full course price $5,650. Concessions or partial/full exemptions may apply for eligible participants. 

    Course Inclusions

    All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.

    Student Requirements

    Students must be physically capable of performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on the floor.

    Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

    Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.

    Additional Information

    For more information about the NSW Government Smart and Skilled / Skilling for recovery program, or for eligibility inquiries click here.


    *Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.

    Note: This program is designed for persons working in industry. For persons with no industry experience durations will differ