Fires on board ships and other vessels, either alongside or at sea, are particularly dangerous. To help ensure the safety of firefighters attending these incidents, Red One has developed a Maritime Firefighting Incident Command course specifically aimed at Fire and Rescue Service Crew and Watch Managers.
It is estimated that every year in UK waters alone, nearly 100 vessels are damaged or destroyed by fire. The result is often a lost or severely damaged vessel and cargo with potentially millions of pounds in lost revenue and business. Sadly, in some cases, lives too are lost.
This course is designed for staff that may have a role being Incident Commander of an incident on board a vessel which may be alongside, at sea or on other waterways. This could include individuals who are in charge of a specialist firefighting team from a Local Authority Fire & Rescue Service or employees engaged as crew on a vessel, who have firefighting responsibilities.
Chris Thain, Director of Business Development explained: “We recognised that Fire and Rescue Services needed to improve their Incident Command training in Maritime situations. So with ships at sea and in port, basically if you have a coastline within your response area, then as a fire service you have a responsibility for Maritime fire incidents within that area. This means any lack of Maritime training poses a significant potential risk.”
“After listening to feedback from the established Maritime Incident Command courses (BTEC Level 3 and 4) we realised there was also a need for training aimed at Watch and Crew Managers. So we have created this professional course to improve firefighter safety and skill sets.”
“On a ship there are some specific issues that need to be considered were it to catch fire. Many fires emanate from engine room compartments where oil is involved, or in cargo holds where fires can be deep seated. Stability of the vessel also needs to be understood – you can’t always just pump ships full of water, as this can have a tendency to make them sink!”
The new Red One maritime course runs over two days, made up of 18 guided learning hours, including 10 hours of e-learning. This course facilitates the National Occupational Standards WM7 – Lead and Support people to resolve operational incidents.
Students are provided with knowledge and understanding through classroom based learning, demonstration, practical exercises and computer simulation, in essential aspects of Marine Fire Fighting Incident Command.
The course comprises from following modules:
- Legislation and guidance relating to maritime firefighting.
- Principles and procedures for maritime firefighting.
- Application of maritime firefighting techniques.
- Application of maritime firefighting incident command procedures.
About Red One’s Maritime Fire Fighting Training School
The Maritime school forms part of the Academy of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and is a recognised leader in the provision of top quality marine firefighting training. Based in Plymouth, Devon, UK, the Maritime School offers a full suite of MCA accredited STCW courses. These courses, incorporating as appropriate a ‘real fire’ exercise on a purpose built ship training structure, are designed to ensure that officers and crew are fully competent to contain and extinguish a fire aboard their vessel.
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