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PUAFIR309 Operate pumps

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Course Overview

The operate pumps course is run over 2 days. This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to operate a portable pump and/or appliance mounted pump at an incident.

The unit is applicable to personnel who are responsible for operating centrifugal appliance mounted pumps, portable pumps and foam systems at an incident. Typically, this work requires the application of basic principles hydraulics and involves working as a member of a team under limited supervision.

The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.

Course Structure

To receive this unit of competency you must complete PUAFIR309 Operate Pump.

This course is run over 2 days.



It is essential that the prerequisite units listed below are obtained prior to the issuance of this unit.

  • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

One of the following:

  • PUAFIR203 Respond to urban fire

  • PUAFIR220 Respond to isolated structure fire

  • PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire

  • PUAFIR205 Respond to aviation incident

RTO Entry Requirements


Students must satisfactorily complete a language, numeracy and literacy assessment prior to or on course commencement to assess capacity to meet the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the course.

Students will also need to have the physical capacity to undertake the practical components of this course.


Delivery modes include classroom lead training sessions, self paced learning activities and written assessments.



The course is facilitated by a highly experienced training team, and includes trainer presentations, small group work, independent self paced and lots of opportunity for practical hands on activities.



A range of assessment methods are used to monitor student progress and assess competence. Knowledge checks and practical skill demonstrations are used across all units, some units also require written activities to be completed.  Throughout the course trainers are available to assist and support students in their learning journey and in the completion of assessment requirements.

Employment Outcomes

Students who are successful in gaining this qualification can expect to be eligible for jobs in the emergency response sector within the mining and resources industry.  

Recognition of Prior Learning

Australasia Fire & Emergency Response College is committed to recognising knowledge and skills acquired through work experience, education, training and life experiences. Call our Training Department on 07 5343 3058 for a personalised RPL kit.


Course fee - $1,500 per person

Australasia Fire & Emergency Response College

RTO No. 45251

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