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Maritime Firefighting


With this Maritime Firefighting Diploma you will gain an in depth knowledge of not only firefighting operations but also the preventative measures required to manage the risk from fires on ships. The modules will raise your awareness of the risks associated with fire as well as develop your knowledge of the combustion process. It will also give you an understanding of the existing legislative requirements around SOLAS, the International Fire Safety Systems Code and the process of fire risk assessment. Finally it will share some practical firefighting strategies and tactics and the actions you should take as part of your post fire procedures.



The training course consists of 10 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

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The course is suitable for those working or aspiring to work in the ship and passenger safety sector including personnel undertaking firefighting activities and safety management both at sea and ashore.

This Course has 10 modules

Dave Sheppard - Maritime Course Author

Meet the Course Director

Dave Sheppard

Dave has been a serving operational firefighter for 27 years specialising in the maritime environment. He has developed, tested and reviewed emergency plans for risks including those associated with major public events, significant transport risks, national and local contingency plans and led the development of a national policy for Fire & Rescue Service Incident Command in the maritime domain.

He has been part of an operational maritime firefighting & rescue team since 1996 and attended/commanded a range of incidents both at sea and alongside. In 2011 he was seconded to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and held responsibility for the management of the United Kingdom’s Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) where he led the UK Fire & Rescue Service response to fire, rescue and chemical release incidents at sea as well as supporting and advising the Secretary of State’s Representative (SoSRep).

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Supported by:

Keystone Law
Global HR & Payroll Expertise (CESG)
British Marine
SSA Marine
PYA - The Professional Yachting Association
Ocean Independence
MYBA - The Worldwide Yachting Association
Marine Society
Lead Yacht Underwriters Limited
Imarest - Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
IASA - The International Association of Ship Repair Agents
Camper & Nicholsons International Yachting