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Introduction to Maritime Firefighting

  • Introduction to fire
  • History of firefighting at sea
  • Notable incidents
  • Legislation
  • Ship fire risk analysis
  • International State Port Control Inspections


Chemistry of Combustion

  • Theory of combustion
  • Ignition temperature
  • Classification of fires
  • Products of combustion
  • Transmission of heat
  • Methods of extinguishing fire
  • Extinguishing media
  • Backdraught & flashover


Prevention and Suppression of Fire & Explosion (SOLAS)

  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas)
    • General
    • Prevention of Fire and Explosion
    • Suppression of Fire


Escape & Operational Requirements (SOLAS)

  • Escape
  • Operational requirements
  • Alternative design and arrangements
  • Engineered Solutions


Special Requirements (SOLAS)

  • Helicopter facilities
  • Carriage of dangerous goods
  • Protection of vehicle, special category and ro-ro spaces
  • Casualty threshold, safe return to port and safe areas
  • Design criteria for systems to remain operational after a fire casualty
  • Safety Centre on passenger ships

International Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code Part 1

  • The International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS code)
  • Personnel protection
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems
  • Fixed foam fire-extinguishing systems
  • Fixed pressure water-spraying and water-mist fire-extinguishing systems
  • Automatic sprinkler, fire detection and fire alarm systems
  • Fixed fire detection and fire alarm systems
  • Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Protection Systems and Appliances


International Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code Part 2

  • Fixed Fire Detection And Fire Alarm Systems
  • Sample extraction smoke detection systems
  • Low-location lighting systems
  • Fixed emergency fire pumps
  • Arrangement of means of escape
  • Fixed deck foam systems
  • Inert gas systems
  • Fixed Hydrocarbon Gas Detection Systems


Fire Risk Assessment

  • Controlling the risks in relation to fire
  • Identify the hazards
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk
  • Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
  • Review
  • Risk assessment process
  • Further guidance on fire risk assessment and fire precautions
  • Further guidance on escape routes
  • Further guidance on recording, planning, informing, instructing and training


Firefighting Operations

  • Pre-planning
  • Command & control
  • Information gathering
  • Risk assessment
  • Strategy & tactics
  • Fire party organisation
  • Firefighting techniques
  • Search procedures
  • Stability
  • Ventilation
  • External assistance


Post Fire Procedures

  • First aid
  • Recovery
  • Liaison with external organisations
  • Incident Review
  • Fire Investigation
  • Case studies
  • Future challenges