STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
Maritime Fire Fighting skills are essential to the seafarer and training is a compulsory requirement to raise awareness on fires on seagoing vessels and increase safety in the event of a shipboard fire. Shipboard fires can occur in any environment. The principal causes of fires at sea on vessels are accidents, collisions, mechanical failure in engines and cargoes catching fire. Fire hazards associated with shipboard fire varies widely and depends on the risks of accidents, combustibility of the materials used in structures, the types of cargoes carried in ships etc.
The primary focus of the STCW Marine Firefighting training programs provide both officers and crew with the knowledge and skills to confidently deal with fires on board a ship. The training increases crew and passenger safety and reduces the potentially serious incidents. International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 includes detailed fire safety provisions for all ships and specific measures for passenger ships, cargo ships and tankers.
Also anyone who owns or operates a boat needs a basic understanding of marine firefighting and the regulations under IMO, STCW, and local administrations have clearly defined training standards and requirements for seafarers onboard and also deputed personnel working ashore.
Advanced Fire Fighting (Original)
This 32 Hour - 4 Day course covers training in fire fighting and is based on the provisions of table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code. This course is for deck and engineering officers who wish to qualify for a Certificate of Competency and crew who are designated to control fire fighting operations. Participants are exposed to different fire scenarios where they apply their training and use firefighting equipment. A variety of practical exercises involving fighting fires of different types and intensity are generally included. All participants must be in possession of a valid seafarer medical certificate issued by an approved medical practitioner and show evidence of attending STCW Basic Training.
Advanced Fire Fighting (Refresher)
This 12 hour - 1 1/2 day course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training revalidation requirements of STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(1), and 11.303(e)
Advanced Fire Fighting (Revalidation)
This 8 hour - 1 day course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training revalidation requirements of STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(1), and 11.303(d), provided that the mariner has at least 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years.