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PUA30622 Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)

Course Description

This highly practical and interactive program provides the knowledge and skills for Emergency Responders and those who are expected to have skills in the ability to fight fires, use breathing apparatus, respond to HAZMAT incidents and drive emergency response vehicles. 

Units of Competency

This course consists of:

Core Units

  • PUAFIR308 Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident^
  • PUAFIR309 Operate pumps^
  • PUAFIR324 Render hazardous materials incidents safe^
  • PUAVEH001 Drive vehicles under operational conditions
  • PUAWHS002 Maintain safety at an incident scene^

Elective - Group A

  • HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy^
  • PUAFIR302 Suppress urban fire^
Elective - Group B
  • PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident^
  • PUAOPE020 Lead a crew
  • PUASAR032 Undertake vertical rescue^ OR PUASAR024 Undertake road crash rescue^
  • PUASAR025 Undertake confined space 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
  • Advanced resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Urban fire skills
  • Operational procedures, protocols and equipment
  • HAZMAT, compartment fire behaviour and operational fire fighting and road crash, vertical or confined space rescue (depending on requirements)

Mode of Delivery

This course will be delivered via face to face or can be delivered as a blend of self-paced online and face-to-face facilitation.

For individuals, we offer scheduled training programs in the Illawarra region on the scheduled dates listed above, choose a date suitable to you.

For group bookings, we can provide this training at one of our leading training facilities or at your site as required, simply click “Get a Quote” to find out more and arrange suitable dates.



This course is scheduled for:

Distance learning and assessment and up to 20 days of face-to-face practical demonstrations

Student's should allow approximately 6-12 months to complete this course.

Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

^Students must hold certification for the following units of competency for enrolment into this course and must supply their credential at the time of enrolment:

  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • PUAFIR203 Respond to urban fire
  • PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
  • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
  • And one of the following:
    • PUAFIR203 Respond to urban fire
    • PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire 
    • PUAFIR205 Respond to aviation incident (specialist) 
    • PUAFIR220 Respond to isolated structure fire
  • Depending on electives, the following prerequisites may also apply
    • PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation
    • PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident

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.

^RIIERR303E Operate in a self-contained regenerative oxygen breathing apparatus is a formal pre-requisite for RIIERR305E 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 $6,670. 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 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.

To ensure the safety of our staff and clients, participants will be required to have their temperature tested and sanitise upon entry to our premises. Whilst check-in using our QR code is no longer mandatory, we strongly encourage participants to continue to utilise this function. 
In line with the Public Health Order, face masks are no longer mandatory on our premises however are highly recommended in certain situations. Whilst on our premises you may be asked to wear a face mask if you are not able to be physically distanced (e.g. when in a Confined Space or performing 2 person CPR). We ask that you please be mindful and respectful of the health of our staff and other participants in these situations and comply with the request, unless you have an exemption. 
We kindly ask that anyone who has been identified as a close contact in the 7 days prior to the training, is awaiting COVID-19 test results or is feeling unwell in any way to please not attend our premises. 
Should you not be able to meet these requirements, please Contact Us before booking.