2008 Fire-Fighter Challenge

Tasks and their Rules (CWCRRFC)

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Challenge Concept

  1. Loosely based on Rogaine – the concept is that crews complete as many tasks as possible within the time allocated.
  2. The tasks are point weighted for their difficulty and knowledge component.
  3. There will be a pre-start briefing and 15mins following to plan strategies before start instructions are given (start time of briefing to be advised).
  4. All tasks have set times to complete.
  5. Time of finish is set at 1600hrs – every minute a crew finishes beyond 1600 hours incurs a 10-point penalty.
  6. Points are lost for failure to complete a task and not finishing on time. Points are not allocated for tasks missed.
  7. Planning strategy
    1. Think about gaining the most points and how to cover most ground efficiently.
    2. Consider distance to tasks and their points value.
    3. Watch for bottlenecks at particular tasks especially towards the end of the day. (e.g. 3 or 4 crews saving the same task for last and only one will get the opportunity depending on timing).
    4. Be mindful of crew fitness.
    5. Think about crew skill set – crew compatibility – who in the crew has what skills?
    6. The 1600 hours cut off!
  8. The crew with the most points wins. In the event that two crews have scored the same points, the fastest crew wins.
  9. All tasks will have a “Task Marker” person on site explaining the task, marking and activity.

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Challenge Tasks

  1. FIRST AID
    1. Check crew members are current in first aid and practice some scenarios.
  2. ABSEILING
    1. This is a confidence task and will be managed on the day with qualified and competent personnel.
  3. FARM ACTIVITY
    1. This is aimed at team work – how well do you work together?
  4. WATER ACTIVITY
    1. Team work, rope knots and lateral thinking (you may get wet and want to stage spare clothing for this task).
  5. NAVIGATION
    1. Crew should be familiar with navigation using maps, compass, pacing and GPS.
  6. 4WD EXTRACTION
    1. Safe operation to extract a stuck vehicle.
    2. Thorough inspection of vehicle recovery points ( able to understand bolt markings, rated recovery points and general condition )
    3. Use only rated equipment for the recovery operation ( look for WLL or SWL markings )
    4. Equipment to be suitable for the job ( vehicle weight not beyond rated capacity of recovery gear )
    5. All non essential personnel stand well clear during extraction. Once connected equipment is "live" no straddling / crossing recovery equipment.
    6. Correct use of winch weight/damper
    7. Recovery plan and good use of communication equipment where needed
    8. One person takes charge and controls operation
    9. Gear checked, cleaned, restowed after use.
    10. All marking based on Unit standard 20620 ( excluding vehicle extraction weight calculations )

  7. TEAM BUILDING
    1. Maximise the use of everyone’s ability in this fun activity.
  8. LINE CUTTING
    1. Unit standard 3286.
  9. RELAY PUMPING
    1. Unit standard 21417.
  10. MONSOON BUCKET
    1. Unit standard 3288.
  11. RURAL FIRE OFFICER
    1. Knowledge of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 and subsequent amendments relevant to:
      1. Fire season status
      2. Crew access across private property
      3. Crew use of private machinery
      4. Use of private water supplies
      5. Other issues addressed in law that may affect crew operations.
  12. QUIZZES
    1. Questions based on information within the Rural Fire Management Handbook, unit standards pertaining to fire ground work operations, including safety, supervision, aircraft and some wildcards.
  13. SAR
    Observation and Situational Awareness Exercise
    30 minute practical exercise.
    Objective:
    1. To provide participants with an awareness of observational limitations;
    2. To provide participants with some useful techniques to improve visual observation and recognition.
    Rationale: Experimental data clearly demonstrates a difference between objective environmental stimulus and that which the individual actually perceives, the recognition of these factors playing a significant part in enhancing that individual’s situational awareness.
  14. CHECKOUT
    1. Didymo decontamination.
    2. Checkin –out form process completed and includes T-cards, Daily Time Record (DTR) and checkin –out form.
    3. After Action Review (AAR) with crew (crew debrief).

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General Tips and Preparation

  1. When you are deciding on crew configuration, take into account each person’s fitness, knowledge and skills. This should help with putting together compatible crews that will work happily together and perform well on the day.
  2. Check the industry minimum standard for fire fighter PPE and then check that each crew member’s equipment meets the standard and items are in good order. Special attention should be given to footwear, as the challenge requires people to walk up to fifteen kilometres and work for up to eight hours. Please remember that clothes worn under the fire resistant overalls must not be synthetic or nylon and there will be checks done on the day to ensure this is adhered to.
  3. The next three months is a great time to practice the skills required for undertaking some of the tasks listed here. You may want to include them in your training program, and work on leadership and strategy setting issues so that the crew is sharp on the day.
  4. Please note that one task involves river travel, so it’s worth bringing spare clothing for the day and either carry it with you, stage it, or you could arrange the IMT Ground Support to deliver it to the task for you.
  5. Once the challenge starts you will not be returning to the ICP until the end of the day. Each crew member will need a day-pack to carry their lunch, spare clothes, wet weather gear, sun hat and other personals.
  6. If you have time over the next few months read up on the Rogaine concept. Some understanding of the concept may help you with a strategy for undertaking the challenge.
  7. During the challenge there will be Sector Supervisors coordinating “Task Bookings” based on first-in-first-serve and likely travel times between tasks. Take this into account when working out the best approach for the day, as multiple bookings will not be permitted and you will want to maintain a flow that limits waiting time - while other crews finish a task.
  8. As in most score-based events the Task Marker’s word will be final.

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Rules for Tasks

  1. Correct PPE to be worn. PPE will be checked at check in and throughout the day by Markers, with a 50-point penalty for incorrect PPE per task. Refer to Rural Fire Management Handbook sec 2 pages 1 & 2.
  2. Foot travel is the only permitted way to get around the tasks. Start at ICP and finish at ICP.
  3. Checkout, from the Supply Unit, a hand-tool for each crew member, which they must carry for the duration of the challenge.
  4. This year’s challenge is on private property and will include areas where access is restricted.
  5. All tasks have time limits and an allocated set of points – both will be strictly adhered to.

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