Fire Prevention and Firefighting

Course Title

Fire Prevention and Firefighting

Course duration and timing

The training shall be not less than 18 contact hours, with at least 11 hours covering the practical exercises and demonstrations

Learning outcomes

There are 3 outcomes to the training

  • Outcome 1: The learner understands and can minimize the risk of fire on board.
  • Outcome 2: The learner knows the on board equipment, procedures and personal safety requirements in fire situations.
  • Outcome 3: The learner is able to fight and extinguish fires.


Each learner should be instructed 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 the use of a fire blanket.  Each learner should demonstrate safe wearing of SCBA for familiarisation in conditions without heat or smoke, and on least two further occasions in a truly realistic environment involving each of the following at least once:  Effecting a rescue in a smoke filled space;  Fighting a fire in a smoke filled enclosed space.

Target Group for the Course

To give seafarers the essential education and training in fire prevention and fire fighting meeting the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the following:
Table A-VI/1-2
Function: Fire prevention and fire fighting
Competence: Minimise the risk of fire and maintain a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire Fight and extinguish fires

Rules and standards

Table A-VI/1-2 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

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 an 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 , Taranto – ITALY
Tel. +39.0994725898 Fax +39.0994725690

  • 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

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.
Where the training is delivered as part of a basic training course, a combined certificate of completion of training may be issued based on the format at Annex D (ii) of the MNTB Criteria. The titles of each section must be included on the certificate.

Course Director

Caterina LA NEVE

Course Deputy Director

Ing. Davide Giuseppe FARILLA

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


Services included

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