Storm Damage


Session 6 - Servicing Equipment

Inspecting Equipment

Faulty Equipment

  • Inspection of equipment on a regular basis can help you detect any deterioration and take action before it results in any health and safety risk.
  • If a tool is defective, remove it from service, and tag it
  • Replace damaged equipment immediately - do not use defective tools temporarily
  • Have tools repaired by a qualified person – do not attempt field repairs

Where can you find out how to use equipment correctly and safely?

  • SES Standard Operating Instructions (SOIs)
  • SES Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs)
  • Manufacturer's User Guides/Manuals
  • SES Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Using SES Equipment

  • Familiarisation of all NSW SES equipment is important when operating in storm damage environments.
  • The organisation uses various types of equipment to aid Storm and Water Damage Operations. 
  • It is every member’s responsibility to become familiar with each piece of equipment that the organisation uses or introduces.

Who is responsible for testing equipment within the unit?

  • Unit Testing Officer
  • Unit Logistics Officer
  • The person who is going to use it
  • Team Leader



Please review information regarding PPE on EOS by clicking here.

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Protecting the Environment

Protecting the Environment

The environment can be easily damaged when chemicals (including fuels) are allowed to run-off into waterways and onto land. Such run-offs can contaminate land; affecting food production, drinking water, injuring and killing wildlife and damaging animal habitat

It is essential that all NSW SES members consider and protect the environment when undertaking works and understand their responsibilities if a leak or spill occurs.

Environment Protection Act

Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997

This legislation tells us that fuels and other chemicals must not be allowed to leak, spill or otherwise escape from storage containers or equipment. The law also tells us that we must take steps to protect the ground and waterways when washing equipment, refilling with fuels and chemicals and storing these substances. Failing to comply with the law can result in harm to the environment and hefty penalties.


If A Leak Occurs

If a fuel or other chemical leak or spill occurs, it is important to:

  • contain the spill to the smallest area possible 
  • use absorbent materials to prevent the spread
  • where a leak or spill is likely to harm the environment, the Team Leader should notify and seek advice from the Environment Protection Authority on 131 555.

When using chemicals or fuel to clean equipment, where would you find information on hazards, risks, first and and control measures, including PPE?

  • SES Chemical Safety Sheet
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • SES Chemical Operating Guidelines
  • Ask your Team Leader

Safety Data Sheet

Safety Data Sheet

Safety Data Sheet

Safety Data Sheet

Other sections in the SDS include:

Physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity, toxicological information, health information, ecological information, disposal considerations, transport information, regulatory information and other information

Answer the below true or false questions relating to Safety Data Sheets.

  • In section 2 of the SDS, the words Warning and Danger heighten the relative risk of the chemical. Of these two words, warning is the more severe.
  • The first aid section in the SDS provides a thorough guide when working with these chemicals so that medical treatment is not required.
  • The firefighting measures section gives specific information on fighting a fire involving the chemical.

Match the class of fire with the description

  • Class A
    Involve carbonaceous solids. A carbonaceous solid is one which contains the chemical element carbon as the basic fuel. This is probably the most common type of fire encountered by firefighters. Examples: Wood, paper, cloth, rubber, plastics, grass, coal.
  • Class B
    involve flammable and combustible liquids. Examples: Petrol, kerosene, oil, tar, paint, wax.
  • Class C
    involve combustible gases.Examples: LPG – liquefied petroleum gas, butane, propane; LNG – liquefied natural gas, acetylene.
  • Class D
    involve combustible metals. Examples: Sodium, potassium, magnesium and aluminium shavings.
  • Class E
    there is no ‘official’ Class E fire. Electricity is not a fuel; it does not burn like a fuel. However, it is a dangerous complication at a fire, because it is a source of heat and potential electric shock.
  • Class F
    involve cooking oils and fats. Examples: Lard, vegetable oils.


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