Topic outline

  • Course Overview

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    This course has been updated for Assessments from April 2015 onwards.

    The Fire Weather Competency Assessment Course will guide forecasters through the one-on-one assessment day activities. Each part of the course is related to a unit within the Fire Weather Forecasting Competencies.

    The tasks on assessment day are designed to replicate what a forecaster is expected to do in an operational environment. You will be given sufficient time to complete all the activities.

    At the end of the assessment day you will be assessed against each unit of competency as one of the following:
    - Not yet competent
    - Proficient
    - Enhanced

    If you are assessed as "not yet competent" you will receive further training in the relevant areas and have the opportunity to be re-assessed at a later date.

    Fire Weather Forecasting Competencies are valid for 5 years, provided that you participate in pre-season fire training and complete fire weather duties in an operational environment.

  • Unit 1. Forecast Fire Weather for Routine Operations

    fire danger rating signFor this part of the competency assessment you will need to work through the Unit 1 Quiz or Lesson and then complete a full set of fire weather grids from a case study within GFE.

    You will also need to prepare and issue routine fire weather forecast products based on the information in your forecast grids.

    • Unit 2. Produce Fire Weather Warnings and Specialised Products

      danger_signIn this section of the competency assessment you will need to work through the Unit 2 Quiz or Lesson and then produce a Hazards grid in GFE ensuring that fire weather hazards (and total fire ban areas if relevant) are correctly displayed. You will then prepare and transmit a fire weather warning (and total fire ban advice if relevant).

      Some regions will also require assessment of particular specialised products - for example a Wind Change Chart.

      • Unit 3. Forecast Fire Weather for a Specific Fire Incident

        fire iconIn this part of the competency assessment you will need to work through the Unit 3 Quiz or Lesson. You will then be given a spot fire forecast request form.

        Next you will enter the forecast information into the spot fire database and produce a spot fire forecast based on the GFE grids.

        You will also need to be aware of local meteorological effects that may influence weather conditions at the fire location and you will need to demonstrate that you can use Google Earth or other resources to identify topographical influences.

        • Unit 4. Ensure Current Fire Weather Forecasts and Warnings are Accurate

          update keyIn this part of the competency assessment you will need to work through the Unit 4 Quiz or Lesson.

          You will then be given a specific update scenario and you will have to update your grids and forecasts to ensure that they reflect the new conditions.

          • Unit 5. Communicate Fire Weather Information

            figure with a speech bubbleIn this part of the assessment you will need to work through the Unit 5 Quiz or Lesson.

            You will also complete a phone briefing with the assessor to discuss the weather situation. For some regions this will cover the whole State or Territory while other regions will focus on a specific incident location. This briefing will be recorded.

            At the end of the quiz, you will need to listen back to your briefing and submit a written analysis of the strengths and the weaknesses of your communication.