Advanced Award in Maritime Firefighting
It is estimated that every year in UK waters alone, nearly 100 vessels are damaged or destroyed by fire. If you have a coastline or any waterways within your response area, then as a fire service you have a responsibility for maritime fire incidents within that area. Our Level 3 and 4 courses provides students with knowledge and understanding through classroom-based learning, demonstration, practical exercises and simulation in essential aspects of Marine Firefighting/Incident Command.
Our Level 3, 3-day course...
...is designed for employees who may have a role dealing with a fire on board a ship or vessel which may be alongside, at sea or on other waterways. It ensures that the successful candidate is safe, competent and adequately experienced to deal with fires on-board vessels of all sizes.
These courses are delivered from our Maritime Academy in Plymouth, here we have access to a 3-storey fire house complete with ships hatches, vertical ladders and watertight doors. We also have access to Plymouth Dockyard; we utilise this for ship visits/risk assessment training.
We can also deliver an unaccredited version of the course (theory only, no practical) at any location worldwide.
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Understand legislation and policy relating to maritime incidents involving fire
Demonstrate an understanding of the legislation and limits of statutory responsibility for firefighting on board vessels.
Interpret main policy issues relevant to their own organisation in respect of firefighting on board vessels or shore based.
Recognise the meaning of the marking and labelling of hazardous loads on board a vessel.
Understand how naval, merchant and pleasure vessels are constructed
Identify key construction features of Naval, Merchant and Pleasure vessels.
Understand common terminology associated with the marine environment.
Recognise key fire protection measures that may be provided on a ship or vessel
- Describe various types of firefighting equipment on board a vessel and the class of fire that it could be used on.
- Identify fire detection and fire alarm systems installed in ships and vessels.
Understand principles relating to ship stability
Describe the meaning of key phrases used in relation to ship stability. e.g. heel, free surface effect, list, loll, trim, meta centric height etc.
Describe specific firefighting techniques required at maritime incidents.
- Illustrate the need for effective communications whilst dealing with a maritime incident.
- Conduct an analytical risk assessment (ARA) of a simulated incident at a dockyard.
- Describe the methods that could be employed to mitigate the effects of smoke spread and assist firefighting operations.
- Understand the effects of heat and humidity when firefighting.
Apply correct firefighting techniques during a maritime incident involving fire.
- Identify hazards and risks associated with maritime incidents.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of boundary cooling and boundary starvation.
- Demonstrate the correct techniques to access and egress, and cool ship compartments.
- Apply correct firefighting techniques and communication skills during a maritime exercise.
- Assist in setting up command points and a dockside logistical support area.
Apply sea survival techniques in order to enhance personal safety.
- Demonstrate the ability to safely enter water, swim wearing full PPE.
- Demonstrate the use of a lifejacket, how to form a survival ring and board a life raft.
- Remove a casualty and others wearing a lifejacket from the water.