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AFAC - Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
AFC - Australian Fire Competencies
AFFF - Aqueous Film Forming Foam
AIES - Australian Institute of Emergency Services
AIIMS - Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System
AIRS - Australian Incident Reporting System.
Alarm Panel - Fire Indicator Panel (FIP).
AS - Australian Standard
ATC - Alcohol Type Compatible Foam
BCA - Building Code of Australia
BOM - Bureau of Meteorology
CABA - Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus
CAFS - Compressed Air Foam System
CBR - Chemical Biological Radiological
CFA - Country Fire Authority (Victoria.)
CFS - Country Fire Service
Combatant Authority - The agency, service, organisation or authority with the legislative authority for control of the incident. Also referred to as the Responsible Authority or Agency.
Confined Space - Enclosed or partially enclosed space, which at atmospheric pressure during occupancy and is not intended as a workspace and may have restricted entry and exit. It may include but not restricted to storage tanks, vessels, boilers, silo, sewers, ducts and shaft. It may also include ship space entered through small hatchway or access point. (OH&S Regs 1995).
Fuel - Any material such as grass, leaf litter and live vegetation, which can be ignited and sustains a fire. Fuel is usually measured in tonnes per hectare.
Fuel Moisture Content - The water content of a fuel particle expressed as a percent of the oven dry weight of the fuel particle (%ODW).
FPAA - Fire Protection Association of Australia
HAZMAT - Hazardous Materials
Hot Zone - The area immediately surrounding a hazardous materials incident, which extends far enough to prevent adverse affects from hazardous materials releases to personnel outside the zone (see Control Zones).
LPG - Liquid Petroleum Gas
MFS - Metropolitan Fire Service
MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet
NERAG - National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines
NFPA - National Fire Prevention Association
OBAOC - Operate Breathing Apparatus, Open Circuit
ODW - Oven Dry Weight
OH&S - Occupational Health and Safety
OHS&W - Occupational Health Safety and Welfare.
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
PPV - Positive Pressure Ventilation
PSTN - Public Switched Telephone Network and the conventional landline telephone system.
Relative Humidity - The amount of water vapour in a given volume of air, expressed as a percentage of the maximum amount of water vapour the air can hold at that temperature.
REM - The REM (Radiation Equivalent-Man) is a unit of radiation dose equivalent, now superseded by the Sievert. A REM is one-hundredth of a Sievert.
RFS - Rural Fire Service (NSW)
RH - Relative Humidity
SACFS - South Australian Country Fire Service
SAFECOM - South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission
SAMFS - South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
SAPOL - South Australian Police
SAR - Search and Rescue
SASES - South Australian State Emergency Service
Sealed Source - In a sealed source, the radioactive material is encapsulated in a non-radioactive material such as stainless steel. The encapsulation prevents the escape of the radioactive material but allows the radiation to pass through.
SEMC - State Emergency Management Committee (SA)
SEOC - State Emergency Operations Centre
SES - State Emergency Service
SFC - Standards of Fire Cover
SFEC - Standards of Fire and Emergency Cover (CFS)
Shielded Source - A shielded source is stored within a container, often a lead pot, which is designed to prevent radiation from escaping. While the containment is intact, no danger exists from this source.
Sievert - The Sievert is the standard unit of radiation dose equivalent. A micro-Sievert is one-millionth of a Sievert.
Structure Fire - A fire burning part, or all of any building, shelter, or other construction.
Warm Zone - The control zone at a hazardous materials site where personnel and equipment decontamination and hot zone support takes place. It includes control points for the access corridor, helping to reduce the spread of contamination (see Control Zones).