Advanced Firefighting

Course Title

Advanced Fire Fighting

Course duration and timing

The training shall be not less than 30 contact hours, with at least 15 hours covering the practical exercises and demonstrations

Learning outcomes

There are five outcomes to the training.

  •  Outcome 1: The learner understands the principles involved in controlling fire fighting operations on board a vessel
  •  Outcome 2: The learner is able to control fire fighting operations aboard ship
  •  Outcome 3: The learner is able to organise and train fire parties
  •  Outcome 4: The learner is able to inspect and service fire detection and extinguishing systems and equipment
  •  Outcome 5: The learner is able to investigate and compile reports on incidents involving fire


Each learner should be refreshed in the use of each type of portable extinguisher and observe extinguishment of different types of smaller fires using all different types of extinguisher.  Each learner should demonstrate the ability to operate at least two portable extinguisher types (water or foam; CO2 or dry powder) and understand the importance of selecting the appropriate type.  Each learner should be familiar with the safe wearing of SCBA to be worn on at least three occasions, in a truly realistic shipboard hot fire environment, involving each of the following at least once:  Door opening/ladder procedures;  Fighting a fire in a smoke-filled enclosed space;  Effecting a rescue in a smoke-filled space.  Fires should be of a variety of types in different simulated environments. Those not engaged in fire fighting should be engaged in other ancillary duties essential to fire fighting operations.  Each learner must take charge of a team and/or area of operations to safely demonstrate the relevant learning objectives. Training should be structured to allow learners sufficient opportunity to demonstrate the above competence

Target Group for the Course-Aim

To give seafarers the essential education and training to meet the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the following:
Table A-VI/3
Function: Advanced fire fighting
Competence: Control fire fighting operations aboard ships
Organise and train fire parties
Inspect and service fire detection and fire extinguishing systems and equipment
Investigate and compile reports on incidents involving fire

Rules and standards

Table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code
Merchant Navy Training Board Criteria

Maximum number of participants

For theory sessions the trainer to learner ratio should not exceed 1:24

Course pre-requisites

Those undertaking this training must have completed Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (Section A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code) or similar training acceptable to the MCA. Although not recommended for inexperienced seafarers, those who have not undertaken training in accordance with the above may undergo combined training covering the requirements for certificates in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting as well as Advanced Fire Fighting. Training centres must ensure, through pre-course information and screening, that learners are fit to participate in all aspects of the training. In particular, they must be made aware of the practical aspects of the training and the physically demanding nature of some of the exercises involving live fires and the use of breathing apparatus. If there is any doubt as to the individual’s ability to participate in such exercises an appropriate risk assessment should be carried out to determine what is required in order to proceed in a safe manner. Training centres may consider utilising the UK ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness.

Course site

Tema Safety & Training S.R.L. Training Centre
Via della Transumanza n. 5/C – 74123 Contrada Carmine (Taranto) – ITALY
Tel. +39.0994725898 Fax +39.0994725690 web: mail: Aula/Classroom:

  •  Classroom placed at the first floor of the Training Centre
  •  Classroom placed at the fire fighting training ground in via del Tratturello Tarantino, 6 – 74123 Taranto
  •  GENOA Site

Via Molinetto 96 – 16016 Cogoleto (Genoa)
Via Greto di Cornigliano, 6 – 16152 Genoa

Course Director

Caterina LA NEVE

Course Deputy Director

Ing. Davide Giuseppe FARILLA

Training media, facilities and equipment in compliance with the MNTB Criteria

Certificate issued

On achievement of the desired standard of competence, a certificate will be issued by the centre in the format shown in Annex D (i) of the MNTB Criteria.


Services included

  • Teaching material for tests and practicals
  • Lunch
  • Insurance coverage
  • Shuttle service to / from Taranto railway station / TST