This course is for students who have taken the complete U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Fire Fighting Training, AND have one year of cumulative sea time within the last 5 years.
Students will receive field-only practicals, addressing the topics of firefighting equipment, fixed systems, hazardous materials, and emergency procedures.
Starting in 2017, officers will need to renew firefighting coursework every five years. This is a provision of the Coast Guard’s final rule based on the STCW Manila Amendments of 2010.
In the U.S., the Coast Guard has issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC), which outlines the new requirements for re-establishing Advanced Firefighting competency: “Mariners holding STCW officer endorsements are required to demonstrate continued proficiency for the revalidation of the Advanced Firefighting endorsement” .
The primary goals of this course are to provide mariners with a sound working knowledge of the causes of fires so as best to prevent them, and to develop skill and confidence to respond appropriately in the event of fire. Specifically, this course is intended to provide both theory and practical experience in control and extinguishment, thereby reducing the threat of shipboard fire and the potential loss of life and property.