Unit of competency details

SRXEMR001A - Respond to emergency situations (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SISXEMR201A - Respond to emergency situationsE Updated and equivalent to SRXEMR001A Respond to emergency situations 06/Jun/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 16/Jan/2003

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080399 Business And Management, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080399 Business And Management, N.e.c.  16/Jan/2003 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit has been developed for the Community Recreation, Fitness, Outdoor Recreation and Sport Industry Training Packages. 

This unit covers the knowledge and skills to recognise potential risks and emergency situations and to take action, within own area of responsibility and ability.  

This unit has been developed for the Community Recreation, Fitness, Outdoor Recreation and Sport Industry Training Packages. 

This unit covers the knowledge and skills to recognise potential risks and emergency situations and to take action, within own area of responsibility and ability.  

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Evaluate the emergency 


Identify and action emergency reports and signals  correctly and recognise and assess emergency and potential emergency situations


Seek advice from relevant people , if appropriate, when evaluating the emergency


Identify situations where initial response actions are not safe or are likely to be ineffective and outline methods for reporting according to procedures


Assess the possible development of the emergency  situation and evaluate further potential hazards  to clients  and staff


Assess injuries and treat appropriately


Examine the situation variables  


Prioritise needs, including those for assistance, promptly and accurately


Develop a plan of action 


Identify and evaluate options for action


Utilise available resources  efficiently


Develop a plan which balances group and individual safety with contextual issues 


Outline the involvement of other individuals in the plan


Implement organisational emergency procedures and policies correctly as part of the plan of action


Apply occupational health and safety requirements  and safe working practices in the plan of action, including selection of personal protective clothing and equipment  to suit the emergency situation


Control the emergency 


Implement the plan of action using techniques appropriate to the situation and available resources and abilities


Operate equipment safely and, where necessary, improvise equipment and techniques


Identify and implement strategies for group control and remove clients  and other individuals from danger


Monitor constantly the condition of all clients,  staff and others assisting


Acquire and document the information required to assist emergency services,  where relevant


Notify, where required, emergency services


Alter the plan of action  to accommodate changes in the situation variables


Demonstrate casualty evacuation methods where relevant to the context


Implement organisational procedures and policies and legal requirements in the event of a major injury or death


Debrief the emergency 


Notify management authorities  


Obtain the information appropriate to be given to facility or land management authorities


Debrief clients  and others directly involved and make arrangements for further counselling, if required


Advise clients  and others directly involved to refer media enquires to a nominated spokesperson

Required Skills and Knowledge

Not applicable.

Evidence Guide

Evidence Guide 

The Evidence Guide identifies the critical aspects, knowledge and skills to be demonstrated to confirm competence for this unit. This is an integral part of the assessment of competence and should be read in conjunction with the Range Statements

Critical aspects of evidence to be considered 

Assessment must confirm sufficient knowledge of potential emergency situations within the community recreation, fitness, outdoor recreation or sport industry sectors and must confirm the ability to apply knowledge of emergency procedures to the management of activity-specific emergencies

Assessment of performance should be over a minimum of two (2) different occasions covering the prescribed number of categories from the Range Statements

Assessment must confirm the ability to apply this knowledge and appropriate techniques to

accurately evaluate the emergency

avoid/control escalation of the emergency

develop a plan of action decisively

efficiently implement a plan of action

deal with contingencies

Interdependent assessment of units 

This unit must be assessed after attainment of competency in the following unit(s)


This unit must be assessed in conjunction with the following unit(s)


For the purpose of integrated assessment, this unit may be assessed in conjunction with the following unit(s)

SRXFAD001A Provide first aid

Required knowledge and skills 

Required knowledge

First aid knowledge appropriate to the location and level of responsibility

Use of communications equipment relevant to the location

Safety procedures near rescue equipment

Organisational and legal policies and procedures in the event of an accident/incident

Activity specific rescue techniques and/or emergency techniques specific to a sector of the sport and recreation industry

Procedures to deal with death of a client

Required skills

First aid skills appropriate to the location and level of responsibility

Activity specific rescue techniques or emergency response techniques

Adaptability and resourcefulness to improvise resources and cope with contingencies

Problem solving and contingency management

Local call out procedures to access emergency services personnel

Resource implications 

Physical resources - assessment of this unit of competency requires access to

emergency response equipment appropriate to the learner's work environment, ie, within the community recreation, fitness, outdoor recreation or sport industry

organisation procedures

Human resources - assessment of this unit of competency will require human resources consistent with those outlined in the Assessment Guidelines. That is, assessors (or persons within the assessment team) must

be competent in this unit but preferably be competent in the unit at the level above (ie SRXEMR002A)

be current in their knowledge and understanding of the industry through provision of evidence of professional activity in the relevant area

have attained the mandatory competency requirements for assessors under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) as specified in Standard 7.3 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 

Consistency in performance 

Due to issues such as variations in demands of emergency situations, this unit of competency must be assessed over a minimum of two (2) simulated emergency situations in order to ensure consistency of performance over the Range Statements, contexts and types of emergency situations applicable to a particular work environment within the sport or recreation industry

Context for assessment 

For valid and reliable assessment this unit of competency must be assessed in the context of a real work environment with simulated emergencies using real emergency response equipment. The environment should be safe, with conditions normally experienced within an activity in the workplace

Assessment of this unit of competency will usually include observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes

Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a "period of time" and/or in a "number of locations", any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons


Collect, Analyse&Organise Information

Communicate Ideas&Information

Plan&Organise Activities

Work with Others&in Teams

Use Mathematical Ideas&Techniques

Solve Problems

Use Technology








These levels do not relate to the Australian Qualifications Framework. They relate to the seven areas of generic competency that underpin effective workplace practices.

The three levels of performance (1, 2 and 3) denote the level of competency required to perform the task:

Use routine approaches

Select from routine approaches

Establish new approaches

Collecting , analysing and organising information  - Observing and assessing information in an emergency situation in order to implement appropriate control procedures

Communicating ideas and information  - Communicating clearly and concisely with others directly and indirectly involved in the emergency according to organisation procedures

Planning and organising activities  - Developing and implementing a plan of action decisively

Working with teams and others  - Planning and communicating with emergency teams and others to effect emergency response

Using mathematical ideas and techniques  - Not applicable

Solving problems  - Quickly implementing contingency plans if the planned course of action is unsafe

Using technology  - Selecting and using appropriate emergency response equipment

Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines for advice on how to use the Key Competencies.

Range Statement

Range Statements 

The Range Statements provide advice to interpret the scope and context of this unit of competence, allowing for differences between enterprises and workplaces. The Range Statements relate to the unit as a whole and helps facilitate holistic assessment. In addition, the following variables may be present for this particular unit of competency




[all categories]

participants in an activity or program


small group or larger group

experienced or inexperienced

Contextual issues 

[all categories]

factors that may impact on the context

acceptability to group/party members

degree of urgency

time constraints

impact on the environment

Development of the emergency situation 

[all categories]

identify potential for development of an emergency

spread of fire

threat to adjoining areas

danger of explosion

loss of communications

involvement of additional persons


[three categories]



hazardous releases, chemical spills

bomb threats

civil disorder

medical, eg, bites, stings, epileptic fit, heart attack


panic and other emotional responses

equipment failure

lost party or party member

result of environmental conditions, eg, heat, cold, wet, snow, wind, blizzards, lightning, bushfires, floods, high seas

activity - specific, eg, stranded, 'frozen' or wedged participant

Emergency reports and signals 

[all categories ]



emergency warning system

emergency alarm system

hand signals

verbal reports

telephone communications

radio communications


Emergency Services 

[all categories]

identify local emergency services

Police Search and Rescue

State Emergency Service

Fire Brigade

Ambulance Service

Land Management Authorities, eg, National Parks, Forestry

Australian Volunteer Coastguard

communication methods


[all categories]

identify hazards









psychological, eg, critical incident stress


security related

wildlife related

Management authorities 

[all categories relevant to one sector of sport and recreation industry]

varies according to context

facility owners

City Councils, Local Government authorities

National Parks and Forestry services

Fisheries departments

private land owners, crown land lessees, Defence forces

Aboriginal communities,

Water authorities

Commissions, eg, hydro - electricity, alpine resort

Occupational health and safety requirements 

[all categories]

State/Territory/Commonwealth legislation

Australian Standards

Occupational Health and Safety legislation

industry codes of practice

organisation's policies and procedures

Personal protective equipment and clothing 

[all categories]

fire - fighter protective clothing




breathing apparatus

protective clothing

protective hose lines or sprays

safety eye washes

safety showers

activity-specific equipment

Plan of action 

[all categories]

varies according to the situation

search procedures, ie, search of likely routes followed, systematic search, voice or whistle contacts


control of fire

administering of first aid

assistance to injured party member

retrieval of party member

activity - specific rescue techniques

organisation procedures

Relevant people 

[all categories]

to assist evaluation

other emergency team members

emergency response related persons as detailed in emergency procedures


[all categories]

human resources

other clients/group members

client's experience

physical resources



Situation variables 

[all categories]

capabilities of the group/clients

weather conditions


time frame for survival

other time factors

human resources

available food and water

size of search area

time of day

communications facilities and difficulties

emotional and physical condition of the clients/group

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.