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Maritime Firefighting and STCW Fire and Safety Training Courses at the DSFRS Maritime and Firefighting Schools in Plymouth, Devon

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Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) Academy is recognized as one of the leading fire and rescue training providers in the UK and offers a range of practical courses, across various disciplines, relevant to anyone requiring the specialist knowledge and skills needed to work safely in hazardous conditions. All courses are divided into specific areas or schools and each school offers accredited courses essential to individuals, commercial businesses and fire and rescue services.

The Access & Rescue School (Clyst Honiton) offers training related to all aspects of working at height, confined space, rescue, working on or near water and boat operations. Command School (Clyst Honiton) offers bespoke training and courses in-line with the four national levels of incident command within the fire and rescue service. The Fire Behaviour School (Clyst Honiton) is an accredited live fire training centre that specializes in delivering Breathing Apparatus, Compartment Firefighting and Positive Pressure Ventilation training and the Firefighter School (Plymouth) offers bespoke, accredited firefighter training courses.

The Maritime School in Plymouth provides a complete suite of courses for dealing with incidents ranging from fires in vessels on small inland waterways to the incident command of large incidents on ocean going ships. The school has use of two ship structure facilities and a fixed installation demonstration unit along with access to a wide range of waterborne vessels from small commercial craft to large naval and commercial vessels. The Maritime School also has access to large Port and Naval Docks for training in real life situation.

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Training Programs


DSFRS Maritime Firefighting Courses

  • Estuarial Waters (1 day): This course has been developed to facilitate individuals with the required knowledge and skills to deal with incidents in areas that are deemed to be within the local fire authority boundaries. There is a mix of theory and practical sessions together with a visit to a local marina. On completion of the course students will be able to explain the operational tactics of firefighting and rescue in vessels and in estuarial waters or inland waterways. They will also be able to demonstrate water survival techniques.
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Maritime Firefighting (3 days): This course is designed to ensure that the successful student is safe, competent and adequately experienced to deal with fires on-board vessels of all sizes. It is designed for employees who may have a role in dealing with a fire on board a ship or vessel which may be alongside, at sea or on other waterways. This could include individuals who form part of a specialist firefighting team from a Local Authority Fire & Rescue Service, employees engaged as crew on a vessel with firefighting responsibilities or volunteers such as lifeboat crew or other rescue volunteers at marine events or locations.
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Maritime Firefighting (5 days): The course has been designed to enhance the three day Level 3 course for those who have a supervisory manager responsibility (Watch and Crew Managers). It enables practical demonstration of Incident Command. The successful completion of a scenario assessment deems the student competent in WM7.
  • BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Maritime Firefighting (5 day): This course is designed for employees who may have a role being the Incident Commander of an incident on board a ship or 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 with firefighting responsibilities. The course also provides students with knowledge and understanding through classroom based learning, demonstration, practical exercises and simulation in essential aspects of Marine Firefighting Incident Command.

STCW Maritime Courses

  • STCW Basic Training in Fire Prevention and Firefighting (2 days): The STCW course is for those training to become seamen or women. The course contains ‘hot fire’ training and meets the requirements of STCW Regulation VUI/I and Section A-VI/I of the STC W Code.
  • STCW Advanced Firefighting (4 days): The STCW advanced course is designed for those needing to further their firefighting knowledge gained in the basic training course with emphasis on organization, tactics, communication and command & control.
  • STCW PSSR - Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (1 day): The objective of the training is to give all persons intending to go to sea a basic induction in safety procedures, accident prevention and to familiarize them with the employment conditions and working environment on board a vessel.
  • STCW Basic First Aid (1 day): Basic First Aid for those who are training to work in the marine industry or those seeking employment to work in any capacity on board a sea going vessel. This course is approved by MCA.
  • STCW Personal Sea Survival (1 day): This course is aimed at those who are training to work in the marine industry or those seeking employment to work in any capacity on board a sea going vessel. This course is approved by MCA.
  • Advanced Firefighting Updating/ Refresher Training (1 day): Under the new STCW 2010 requirements, every five years, seafarers in possession of an Advanced Firefighting certificate will require updated proficiency training in Fire Prevention and Firefighting as well as updated Advanced Firefighting.
  • Fire Prevention and Firefighting Updating/ Refresher Training (1 day): The aim is to give all those seeking updating/ refresher training certification for fire prevention and firefighting the essential education and training set out in Table A-VI/1-2, of the STCW Code.

Boatmaster Courses

  • Boatmaster’s Licence Basic Firefighting & Prevention (1 day): This course is designed for those who require knowledge of fire prevention and firefighting on pleasure vessels; approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency.

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