The following are main stream courses available through Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade, the Wollondilly District and the Southern Highlands Team:
Bush Fire Fighter
Teaches the basics of bush fire fighting to new trainees, as well as safety on the fire ground and with fire equipment. It also familiarises all trainees with operation of equipment such as pumps, radios and fire fighting hand tools.
The trainee pictured above is being taught how to use a Drip Torch safely at a Hazard Reduction, an important initiation of all bush fire fighters.
Village Fire Fighter
Teaches how to use defensive fire fighting techniques in the urban environment on structure fires, vehicle fires, liquid fires, electrical fires, just to name a few. The course also covers identification of materials, Urban Search and Rescue as well as the identification of hazards that are not generally present in bush land. Bargo Brigade attends quite a number of Motor Vehicle Accidents along the Hume Highway where this course becomes a great asset to fire fighters skills.
Advanced Fire Fighter
This course is a build on from the Bush Fire Fighter accreditation. More advanced bush fire skills are assessed like reading fire behavior, mapping skills, advanced pump work and basic crew leading with a larger focus on safety of yourself and others, as with this accreditation, the member doesn't need to be accompanied by an AF or higher accredited member while on the fire ground.
This course is split into the bush, village and safety aspects of being a crew leader within the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. This accreditation allows the member to lead a crew in a truck, be a Strike Team Leader of several crews and trucks or be a Sector Leader responsible for strike team/s at larger incidents or hazard reductions.
The brigade also has members in more specialist roles alongside the mainstream skills:
Senior First Aider
This course is a first aid course that is nationally recognised. The course focus' on first aid on the fire ground, but covers other aspects that first aiders are required to cover.
Chainsaw Operators hold specific accreditations, using their skills to help during storm damage cleanup, salvage and recovery work, and dangerous situations of hanging limbs that may be dangerous to life if left unattended.
A course to give the skills to direct traffic around emergency scenes only.
Breathing Apparatus Control Officer
Acts as a safety officer support role for Breathing Apparatus Operators. They monitor the time the operators have been working and advise when it is time to leave.
Breathing Apparatus Operator
They use compressed air to enter hazardous environments, easily noticeable from other fire fighters as they are wearing a lime green uniform, rather than the yellow bush fire fighting uniform. The operators also use Offensive Fire Fighting skills for fires in enclosed spaces as well as rescue in environments where the air is toxic to breath.