The World Rescue Organisation (WRO) National Assessors’ Training Workshop 2019 presented by SAMRO
The South Africa Medical and Rescue Organisation (SAMRO) presented the WRO South Africa’s National Assessors’ Training Workshop 2019 at the Bloem Showgrounds in Bloemfontein in the Free State between 11 and 13 July 2019. The National Assessors’ Training Workshop focussed on vehicle and trauma rescue assessor assessment and was attended by 20 participants from across South Africa. It was the second time that it was held in the Free State. It is the responsibility of SAMRO to ensure the teams are assessed by a competent specialist working from established best practice assessment methods.
SAMRO’s Julius Fleischman provided us with the following overview.
The SAMRO groups have developed a database of suitably qualified assessors who comply with the WRO Assessor Selection policy so that the SAMRO National assessor’s member’s organisations, regardless of level, can request support from the WRO for challenge development and assessor training. The Lead for Assessor Standards is Neville van Rensburg and JA Fleischman.
The workshop again introduced new concepts, spurring participants to investigate it further on their own and demonstrate, encourage the practice of actual methods. It’s was a great way to teach hands-on skills once more and it did offer the participants a chance to try out new methods and transfer knowledge. We identified and solved problems and created something new at this workshop.
We established goals effectively and balanced our time, effort and costs. In conclusion, we, as a team, created again the metrics purposefully, and kept it simple.
The national assessors who participated in the workshop were introduced by SAMRO haled from various municipalities, metros and organisations across South Africa.
The main objective behind the training workshop on assessors’ assessment is to get the delegates to learn the essential ins and outs of a vehicle and trauma rescue challenge’s process; from start to end and what’s in between.
The following core concepts were covered in the training programme:
• WRO Assessor and Interior Assessor, Guidelines and Selection Policy and Assessor Workshop development
• Developed new shadow assessors
• Latest information on score sheets, assessor training, guidelines, briefing notes and risk assessments
• Challenge documents and scenario guides
• Practical exercises
There were several facilitation techniques used by the workshop, which included question and answer, brainstorming, group discussions, case study discussions and practical implementation of some of the topics by trainees on flip charts and paper sheets.
A multitude of training assessor’s methodologies were utilised in order to ensure that all the assessors understand the whole concept and that they practice what they learn because by only listening, some details can be forgotten but what the assessors do by themselves, they will never forget.
The training programme was conducted successfully and all the participants took active part in all three days of the training. Certificates of completion were presented to each of the participants at the conclusion of the workshop.
Sponsors included SAMRO, Bloem Show, Kevcor, Marcé Fire Fighting Technology, Hilti, Amkus, Vanguard Fire and Safety, Coca-Cola and SkillsTrain.
The team that will be attending the WRO in France in September 2019 will include Julius Fleischman and Fabian Hoffman, while Narend Birjalal of City of eThekwini and Flippie Reid of City of Ekurhuleni will be attending as shadow assessors. The team going to the WRO in the US next year will include Jannie Bronkhorst and Paul Cullumbine who qualified as world assessors in 2018 as well as and two new shadow world assessors, Etienne van Bergen of the City of Cape Town and Karl Hundt of City of Tshwane.
Fire and Rescue International congratulates SAMRO on a great WRO National Assessors’ Workshop 2019 and commend them for their passion, dedication and effort in ensuring raised standards for the South African rescue fraternity and for passing on their skills.
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