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PUASAR023 Participate in a first response urban search and rescue Category 1

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Course Overview

This unit of competency applies to the role of a USAR Category 1 first responder and involves the skills and knowledge required to provide safe and effective rescue support at a first response Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) incident.

Participating in an urban search and rescue involves assisting with the rescue and removal of surface casualties (lightly trapped) and/or deceased victims, applying basic search techniques and following safe work practices related to Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements.

It also includes the application of specialist equipment and techniques used at USAR incidents and the ability to work as a team member. A person performing this role will operate, under direct supervision, as a member of a USAR first responder rescue team.

Course Structure

To receive this qualification you must complete PUASAR023 Participate in a first response urban search and rescue Category 1.

This course is run over 2 days.



HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

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 1300 942 009 for a personalised RPL kit.


Course fee - $2,550 per person

Australasia Fire & Emergency Response College

RTO No. 45251

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