The Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting course serves to train candidates to meet the minimum requirements for safety in accordance with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. On meeting the minimum standard of competence, the trainee will be competent to take appropriate measures for the safety of personnel and the vessel. The trainee will have knowledge of fire prevention and the correct use of fire appliances.
This course deals with precautions necessary to minimise the risk of fires aboard vessels. It focuses on the cause of fires and the best means of extinguishing them. The syllabus provides seafarers with a clear understanding of the following points:
- the risk of fire on board a vessel and how to best minimise those risks;
- how to fight and extinguish fires;
- how to search and recover casualties;
- how to don fire fighting equipment, including personal breathing apparatus; and,
- the safe use of fire extinguishers, hoses, pumps and fixed fire installations.
NOTE: Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting require refreshing at intervals not exceeding 5 years.
For the issue of a Certificate of Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, you must:
- be at least 16 years of age;
- hold a valid Medical Fitness Certificate; and,
- successfully complete approved training in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, meeting the standard of competence specified in Section A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code.
Typically the course is run over a 2 or 2.5 day period (15 hours), comprising both classroom lectures and practical exercises.