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About this course

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All students attending on-campus courses at Warsash Maritime School must take a Covid-19 test before starting their training. For more information about Covid-19 testing, please read our guidance document.

This course is part of the training for deck and engineering officers who wish to qualify for a Certificate of Competency and crew who are designated to control fire fighting operations. 

It covers fire fighting procedures at sea and in port with emphasis on organisation, tactics and effective command, including liaison with shore-based fire fighters. It also covers topics such as ventilation control, hazards involving dangerous goods and the effects of fire fighting water on ship stability. 

A variety of practical exercises involving fighting fires of different types and intensity are included. Students are assessed on their ability to successfully control fire fighting operations. 

What you'll learn

At the end of your training you should: 

  • understand the principles involved in controlling fire fighting operations on board a vessel, 
  • be able to control the fire fighting operations on board ship, 
  • be able to organise and train fire parties, 
  • be able to inspect and service fire detection and extinguishing systems and equipment 
  • be able to investigate and compile reports on incidents involving fire, and 
  • know how to carry out fire fighting operations on board tankers (oil, chemical, liquefied gas). 

NOTE: Delegates undergoing fire fighting training will be required to complete and sign a confidential medical declaration to make us aware of any health problems, disabilities or injuries that we may need to consider while they’re attending this physically demanding course. It is therefore essential that delegates feel healthy and are physically fit to undertake such training. 

Training in Tanker Fire Fighting

This course also fulfils the competence to 'carry out fire fighting operations' set out in tables A-V/1-1-1 and A-V/1-2-1 of the STCW Convention Code 1978, and a separate certificate for Training in Tanker Fire Fighting is awarded accordingly. Note: you must be in possession of this certificate if you attend the basic and advanced tanker cargo operations courses. 


You must hold any one of the following:

  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting certificate
  • MNTB Stage One Fire Fighting course
  • Royal Navy Fire Fighting course

Fire Courses Criteria 1st Edition - May 2013 MNTB refer.

Please note: current OPITO training does not meet the requirements for these prerequisites.

Covid-19 control measures

Please note, the information below may change without notice and in response to any updated UK Government guidance as applicable.

  • Covid-19 health declaration at start of course and on every subsequent day of course (in addition to the standard short course medical declaration).
  • 50% class reduction to facilitate social distancing.
  • All touch surfaces cleaned throughout the day and deep clean of all facilities before start of teaching day.
  • Hand sanitiser stations (gel - min alcohol content 70%) provided in class, throughout buildings.
  • One in one out policy for the toilets.
  • Individual numbered desks in class and staff wear RPE and gloves for enrolment (students asked to stand clear at that time). No multi-usage of teaching spaces on any one teaching day by differing class groups.
  • Modified lesson plans to ensure learning outcomes met with verbal interaction from own desk (as opposed to the group flip chart exercises we used to run).
  • Staff only handle classroom equipment and props.
  • Bagged meals and bottled water provided for students to consume at their own desk/outside/designated dining area in inclement weather.
  • All fire PPE individual use for course and sterilised with antiviral spray/wash between use (as appropriate to equipment). Any loaned boiler suits are fully laundered and dried between usage.
  • Breathing apparatus fully cleaned and sterilised (as has always been the case) after use. Equipment only used for one course per day and same equipment for student utilised all week.
  • Masks provided for briefings/fire ground activities where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Bottled water provided for consumption on course.
  • Changing facilities restricted in simultaneous numbers so changing staggered.

Please also see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

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Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday