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WIA Commences Emergency Communications Operator Training

Date : 22 / 12 / 2010
Author : Phil Wait - VK2ASD

At long last, and following extensive consultation with clubs and interested amateurs, the first WIA training courses for Emergency Communications Operators are to commence.

Organised and delivered by the WIA’s Registered Training Organisation Trainsafe Australia, each training program will be held over four days.


To be held in Melbourne at the EMDRC club rooms Burwood.
Dates : 29th and 30th January followed by the 5th and 6th March
Delivered by Fred Swainston Vk3DAC

To be held in Bundaberg
Dates : 29th and 30 January followed by the 12th and 13th of March
Delivered by Gail VK4ION

Western Australia
To be held in Perth
Dates : 26 and 27th February and 2nd and 3rd April
Delivered by Neil Husk Vk6BDO

North Queensland
If there is sufficient interest a course may be conducted in Townsville on 29-30 January and 26-27 February, 2011. We need at least 6 – 10 registrations in order to conduct the course, from Rockhampton to Cairns, and also the assistance of amateurs with previous Public Safety training. For Expressions of Interest please contact Roger VK4CD or by phone 07 47 740221 before December 30.

New South Wales
Training will be held at a later time in NSW (TBA)

Aim, Structure and Units of Competency
The aim is to develop in participants the skills and knowledge required to become Emergency Communications Operators. Emergency Communications Operators are persons who provide services to a variety of Emergency Services Organisations by operating a range of communication equipment. The Emergency Services training program is composed of six core modules plus one elective. PUAFIR201B is an additional module that is a pre or co-requisite for other Certificate II units of competency.

Module Number & Title
Module 1 - PUAFIR201B Prevent Injury
Module 2 - PUASES002B Work in an Emergency Operations Centre
Module 3 - PUACOM001C Communicate in the Workplace
Module 4 - PUAOHS001C Follow defined OH&S policies & procedures
Module 5 - PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equip
Module 6 - PUATEA001B Work in a team
Module 7 - PUATEA004C Work effectively in a public safety organisation
Module 8 - PUAOHS002B Maintain safety at an incident scene
Module 9 - PUAOPE003B Navigate in urban and rural environments

How to Apply
Simply fill out the on-line application form, select "Members Area" from the top menu of this website go to "Emergency Communications" and select "Book Online" or simply click the following Link

You will be asked to nominate the venue you wish to attend. Details of the course requirements and the final venue in Queensland and Western Australia will be sent to course participants on registration. Group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 20 or at the facilitator’s discretion. Additional courses will be provided throughout the year. Venues for the training will be identified in all States and Territories and will be advised when dates are set.


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