Critical Incident Response Training Course Outline


  • AIIMS Control a Level 1 Incident
  • Rural and Remote First Aid (RRFA) Methodology: Recognise, Plan, Communicate, Assemble, Respond, Assess, Review

Duration: 14 hours (adjustable based on depth and exercises)

Target Audience: Individuals or teams responsible for responding to critical incidents in their workplace or community, particularly in rural and remote settings.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the AIIMS Control a Level 1 Incident framework and its application to various critical incidents.
  • Apply the RARFA methodology to effectively respond to critical incidents in resource-limited environments.
  • Utilise the SMEAC template for clear and concise situational awareness reporting.
  • Communicate effectively with others using the ETHANE method for sitreps.
  • Practice critical thinking and decision-making skills in simulated scenarios.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Critical Incident Response

  • Definition and types of critical incidents
  • Impact of critical incidents on individuals and organisations
  • Importance of preparedness and planning

Module 2: AIIMS Control a Level 1 Incident Framework

  • Overview of the AIIMS framework and its key principles
  • Identifying a Level 1 incident
  • Applying the AIIMS actions

Module 3: Rural and Remote First Aid Methodology

  • Recognise: Understanding and identifying critical incidents in a rural/remote setting
  • Plan: Initial actions, resource limitations, and contingency planning
  • Communicate: Establishing clear communication channels and reporting procedures
  • Assemble: Utilising available resources and personnel effectively
  • Respond: Implementing appropriate first aid and control measures
  • Assess: Ongoing evaluation of the situation and casualties
  • Review: Debriefing, learning, and improving response protocols

Module 4: Effective Communication and Reporting (1 hour)

  • Introduction to the SMEAC template (Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration,Control/Command)
  • Applying SMEAC for clear and concise response planning
  • The ETHANE method for effective communication of urgent information (Exact location, Type of Incident or Illness, Hazards at scene or en route, Access and egress, Number of casualties,

Module 5: Practical Exercises and Scenarios

  • Applying learned skills through realistic critical incident simulations
  • Practising decision-making, communication, and teamwork
  • Debriefing and feedback on performance


  • Participation in practical exercises and group discussions
  • Written knowledge assessment (optional)

Additional Resources:

  • Links to relevant websites, organisations, and training materials

Note: This is a general outline and can be adapted to specific needs and contexts. The duration of each module and the depth of content can be adjusted accordingly. Consider including case studies, guest speakers, or additional practical exercises to enhance the learning experience.