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Operational Protocols

OP 1.1.2 Remote Area Firefighting (RAF)

Published 19 December 2011 - Rapid Aerial Response Teams (RART) is a programme where specially trained firefighting teams (trained RAFT Firefighters) are placed on standby at appropriate times and in appropriate places, transported by helicopter to the scene of an incident when needed and, if necessary, transferred to the ground by winching or similar insertion techniques. The deployment and coordination of RART is operated under the Operational Protocol for Rapid Aerial Response Teams.

OP 1.2.3 Working in the Rail Corridor

Published 25 March 2010 - The NSW RFS has a duty of care and a responsibility under the provisions of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for the safety of its members and other persons in the vicinity whilst undertaking activities on or adjacent to the NSW rail corridor and to mitigate all associated risks.

OP 1.2.6 Management of Asbestos Incidents

As firefighter, health and safety is our overriding priority. These Operational Protocols establish practices to be followed to safely manage and mitigate the hazard or perceived hazard associated with the exposure to asbestos dust on the fire ground.

OP 1.2.7 Working on Roofs

Published 14 December 2010 - NSW RFS members may respond to incidents where working on roofs is required, such as overhaul at a structure fire or assisting other agencies with storm damage. This Protocol details the procedures and equipment required to safely and effectively carry out such work on roofs.

OP 1.2.17 Rapid Aerial Response Teams

Published November 2019 - The purpose of this Operational Protocol is to provide Incident Controllers (ICs), Incident Management Team (IMT) members, District Officers and State Operations staff with Operational Procedures and associated guidelines regarding the deployment of NSW RFS Rapid Aerial Response Teams (RART).

OP 1.2.18 Rapid Aerial Response Teams

Published 4 August 2014 - The NSW RFS has a duty of care to ensure that members and contractors tasked to remote area firefighting operations are trained, qualified, competent and capable of undertaking the tasks allocated to them, and that those tasks are undertaken as safely as possible.

OP 1.2.19 Medical Evacuation of Fireground Personel

Published 4 August 2014 - The purpose of this Operational Protocol is to provide ICs, IMT members and OICs with guidelines for medical assistance and/or transport from the fireground of NSW RFS and other emergency service personnel.

OP 1.2.20 Operational Protocol for Backburning

OP 1.3.1 Hazardous Trees and Appropriate Use of Chainsaws

Published 27 March 2014 - This Hazardous Trees and Appropriate Use of Chainsaws Operational Protocol addresses two significant risks posed to firefighters at incidents. Hazardous trees and chainsaw usage are a part of dealing with numerous incidents and Incident Controllers, along with all firefighters, must be pro-active in managing these risks.

OP 1.4.4 Fatigue Management

Published 15 March 2016 - This Operational Protocol provides organisational guidelines and general information for managing fatigue. The Protocol should be read in conjunction with Service Standard 3.1.14 Fatigue Management. 3.2 Service Standard 3.1.14 Fatigue Management highlights the role that fatigue plays in the effectiveness and safety of firefighting operations and describes the responsibilities of all members of the NSW RFS in relation to fatigue management during incidents.

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