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STCW Fire Prevention and Basic Firefighting Course

The STCW Fire Prevention and Basic Firefighting course module is instructed in compliance with STCW Code A—VI/1-2. The course lasts two (2) full days and includes both classroom and practical learning. This course is often referred to as “Fire School.” This is one of the four required modules in the STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) Course.

STCW Fire Prevention and Basic Firefighting (Fire School)

The classroom portion of the STCW Fire Prevention and Basic Firefighting course module includes shipboard firefighting organization, the elements of fire and explosion, types of ignition, and fire and smoke detection. You will learn about what chemicals or agents combat which types of fire, and how to determine what the causes of a fire might be and to dissect the issue.

Breathing-apparatus use and automatic-alarm-system familiarization are also covered.

The second day of basic fire training is the practical application: how to operate a fire extinguisher and how to do a search and rescue in a smoke-filled room, which includes how to navigate through the dark (the blind maze and right-hand search). Trainees will don fire suits and use a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) as they fight and extinguish actual fires using personal equipment. This practical instruction is taught by licensed and certified firefighting professionals.

The two-day STCW fire-school module is followed by a written examination.

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Learn about the other three STCW Basic Safety Training Course modules here. Or visit one of the following:

  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques (Ref A-VI/1-1): 1½ days of basic sea survival; this course includes a practical session in a swimming pool. Some schools will take two full days for this module.
  • STCW First Aid and CPR (Ref A-VI/1-3): 1 day of CPR and first aid training. Some schools will take two full days for this module.
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (Ref A-VI/1-4): A half day of learning effective communication, use of safety equipment, using appropriate escape routes, and more. This 4-hour module is usually taught on the same day as the second day of Personal Survival.

The following list is a selection of institutions offering STCW-compliant BST courses: