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Undertake Confined Space Rescue

5 days

2 Days – if student/s hold all Pre-requisites and meet Pre-Entry Requirements

Max Students:

Designed for:
This course is designed for students who are required to operate as part of an emergency response team for purposes of confined space rescue. The unit is typically performed by personnel from emergency services and/or volunteer organisations or organisations where confined space work is undertaken

PUASAR022A Participate in a Rescue Operation – delivered during conduct of course

PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident – not delivered as part of this course. This is conducted as a separate course prior to the Undertake Confined Space Rescue course, 8 hours (1 day) in duration


Pre-entry Requirements:

PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit - This is conducted as a separate course prior to the Undertake Confined Space Rescue course, 16 hours (2 days) in duration

It is expected that students be qualified in HLTAID003 Provide first aid - not delivered as part of this course

Language Literacy and Numeracy are required to work in an emergency response team and for the completion of appropriate workplace documentation. Students must be physically capable of participating in the training.

This course covers the competency to undertake rescue in confined spaces as a member of a single agency or multi-disciplinary team. The application of this unit in the workplace covers a range of confined space rescue situations.


  • Legislation
  • Definitions
  • Planning the confined space rescue
  • Risk assessment procedures
  • Communication systems
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Establishing the rescue team
  • Safety of the atmosphere
  • Selection and operation of atmospheric monitoring devices
  • Ventilation systems and method of control
  • Insertion and recovery equipment
  • Stretcher and immobilisation techniques
  • Respiratory protection
  • When to wear protective equipment
  • Types of respiratory protection
  • Breathing apparatus safety
  • Conduct of confined space rescues
  • Problem solving exercises involving insertion and recovery

Units of Competency

PUASAR022A Participate in a rescue operation

PUAFIR215 Prevent injury

PUASAR025A Undertake confined space rescue

PUAEME001B Provide emergency care

Students learning outcomes will be assessed using practical activities designed to simulate the extrication of casualties in environments with varying atmospheres that require the use of atmospheric monitoring equipment. Underpinning knowledge will be assessed through the use of theory assessments.

Delivery Method:
Theory will be delivered in a classroom using PowerPoint presentations and the practical component will be delivered using activities simulating confined space rescue situations.

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