Basic Firefighting (STCW)



The Basic Firefighting course is part of the STCW program. Seafarers designated to participate in firefighting operations will be given 16hrs of training in techniques for fighting fires.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Section A-VI/1-2, Basic Firefighting, the student will be familiar with and able to:

  • Properly donning a fire suit
  • Properly donning and using a self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Use portable fire extinguishers to put out class A, B, And C class fires (this exercise is conducted 4 times: once for each class of fire)
  • Use all-purpose nozzles for protection and putting fires out
  • Advancement of hose teams with the team leader giving commands
  • Entering an internal space with S.C.B.A. and put out fire with fire hose
  • Properly entering a watertight door with a fire behind door
  • Rescuing a victim (165lb mannequin) from a smoke-filled room wearing an S.C.B.A.
  • Taking immediate action upon encountering an accident or medical emergency
  • Performing an emergency drill following a station bill
  • Identify what extinguishers to use on what class fire
  • Properly ventilating a fire
  • Correctly overhauling a fire
  • Effectively containing a fire and using suppression system

Additional Information

Course Length: 16 hrs

Course Required By: United States Coast Guard for STCW-95 Endorsement

CFR Reference: Successful completion of this course will satisfy: (a) The training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205 (I)(2) and Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code; and (b) the basic fire fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205 (g) and 10.401 (g)(1) for a license; and (c) the fire fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 13.113(d)(2)(i)(A) or (B), 13.201 (e), 13.301 (e), 13,401 (d), or 13.501 (e) for any tankerman endorsement

Prerequisites: These courses are intended as basic training for seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity onboard ship as part of the ship’s complement with designated safety duties in operation of the ship. There are no particular educational requirements. All trainees must be certified by a doctor to be in good health.

Written Exam: A minimum written test score of 70% is required. Students who fail the test will undergo remediation and be allowed one retest. A second failure requires repeating the course before they may test again. Students must satisfactorily perform hands-on evolutions as required by USCG assessments.

Retraining: Student is responsible for retraining every 5 years.

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