SERVICES - Seafarers Marine Fire Fighting and Emergency Preparedness

With fire fighting and emergency preparedness considered secondary duties for any seafarer, your crew must have the required knowledge, skills and competence to effectively and safely respond to any emergency on board the vessel.

Regardless whether you are at sea or in port, should a fire occur, your crew must be properly trained and ready to respond.

AGI’s training program is site-specific, (we come to your vessel) cost effective, and surpasses mandatory STCW fire fighting requirements for commercial vessels.  Following our training we provide a comprehensive report containing our observations of crew response activities and recommendations addressing shortfalls in procedures and/or equipment.

If you are concerned as to your crew’s current capabilities associated with emergency response, AGI’s principals will assess your crew prior to commencing with any practical hands-on team training to identify areas for improvement.

Our intention is to ensure your crew is trained to a standard they feel safe and confident in handling a fire should one occur on their vessel.

The best value, without question, occurs when your personnel is provided with professional training, using experienced Marine Fire Fighting instructors, and ensuring the training is brought right to your vessel. This training must be designed specifically for each client, dependant upon the client’s requirements and vessel operations. We can train your crew while alongside, at anchor or while sailing on the run, between destinations, maintaining your normal operating schedule.

AGI Shipboard Fire Service training courses are designed to improve the effectiveness of the crew’s response to fire emergencies onboard their vessels while making the response as safe as possible. All training is based on proven methods and response techniques for Marine Fire Fighting, techniques that we use as career Marine Fire Officers. At the client’s request, we incorporate command and control techniques, standard first aid (OFA) scenarios, and muster list revisions as required.

This course is designed for your entire crew, it’s “All hands on deck” when dealing with an emergency on board your vessel. The course provides the knowledge and training necessary to cope with marine fires and rescue of casualties onboard, with particular emphasis on organization, communication, strategy & tactics and command & control.

Thorough instruction, practical hands-on training, instructor demonstrations, realistic practical scenarios, and informative debriefs by AGI’s experienced instructors (this is where the real lessons are learned), ensures your crew departs with an excellent understanding of working with their team and the hazards associated with a fire on board.

Each training session is followed up with a detailed report containing observations during each scenario, complete with recommendations for improvement.

Marine Firefighting for Seafarers

Our site-specific training program is designed to meet, if not surpass, a majority of other marine firefighting courses offered to seafarers. You are responsible for your crew and vessel at sea without the support from land-based organizations. Be proactive, not reactive. Prepare for a fire emergency before it occurs. This training provides seafarers with knowledge of:

  • Crew Response Team Structure and Procedures – Entire Crew
  • Initial Response Party Structure and Procedures
  • Bridge, Deck, Engine & Catering Watch Officers Response
  • Fire Party Structure and Team Leader Duties
  • Fixed Suppression System Deployment
  • Thorough Understanding of Crew’s Musterlist Responsibilities
  • Marine Fire Fighting Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Effective Communication Techniques
  • Boundary Control Techniques
  • Portable Fire Extinguisher Operation
  • Hose Handling Techniques
  • Incident Tracking Procedures
  • Incident Command & Control Techniques
  • Ventilation Control – De-smoke Procedures
  • Post Incident Activities
  • Crowd Management Techniques (as required)
  • First Aid Assessment and Treatment 
  • Ship-to-Shore Interface with Local Fire Departments
  • Basic Helicopter Crash Rescue Procedures

SERVICESMarine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Firefighters

Fire emergency response practices and training for marine fire fighting on vessels around the world have not been very prescriptive in approach and not always based on the real needs of the fire department. AGI Shipboard Fire Service Ltd can improve those practices.

Many land-based fire departments may or may not be aware of their lack of knowledge and preparedness concerning the marine environment and more importantly, vessel fire fighting techniques and procedures.
AGI Shipboard Fire Service’s Marine Fire Fighting courses/programs are based upon NFPA 1005 “Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Fighters” and NFPA 1405, “Guide for Land-Based Firefighters Who Respond to Marine Vessel Fires”.

AGI delivers marine fire fighting training providing a hands-on practical training format incorporating scenario-based exercises that concentrate on the initial fire response procedures in order to provide the working skills to safely approach, assess, confine and extinguish fires aboard all types of commercial and military vessels within your jurisdiction.

AGI’s instructors have an extensive marine fire fighting background and trade experience that focuses on taking the mystery out of shipboard fire fighting while providing a unique opportunity for your firefighters and fire officers to develop and maintain an acceptable standard for marine fire fighting and improve your organization’s response capabilities.

Marine fire fighting is unarguably one of the most challenging of all our disciplines. Proper professional training is required to ensure a coordinated response is initiated in order to effectively assess, contain and extinguish a fire on a vessel alongside or at anchor.

More importantly, Fire Department management must be aware of the repercussions associated with a failure to enlist qualified Marine Fire Fighting instructors to assist in ensuring effective Marine Fire Fighting training is provided to your personnel. An efficient effective response can only be managed through standardized team training. Although your personnel may have experience in structure fire fighting, there are many aspects of marine fire fighting that warrant special attention because of the unique environment encountered aboard a vessel.

Marine Fire Fighter I

Designed as an introduction to Marine Fire Fighting, this program/course provides land-based firefighters who are responsible for marine fire fighting operations, with the job performance requirements for fire fighting operations aboard commercial/military vessels involved in fire. Firefighters will learn the knowledge and skills required to respond to an incident and operate in the proximity of a vessel or dock providing support functions in the cold and warm zones on board a vessel.

This program/course provides firefighters with knowledge of:

  • Vessel Types
  • Vessel Construction
  • Types of Marine Facilities and the Hazards Associated with each
  • Accessing the Vessel and Assessing the Situation
  • Using Pre-incident Plans and Vessel Fire Plans
  • Developing and Reviewing Ship-to-Shore Interface Procedures
  • Developing Incident Action Plans
  • Apparatus and Equipment Positioning given Vessel Movement
  • Establishing Effective Communication and Mitigating Factors
  • Vessel Stability Concerns
  • Establishing Effective Water Supply
  • Casualty Rescue Operations
  • Basic Fire Boat Operations
  • Identifying and Locating Vessel Responsible Person as Liason
  •  Locating and Retrieval of Fire Control Plans
  • Ship’s Personnel – Roles and Responsibilities

Marine Fire Fighter II

Building on Marine Fire Fighter I, this program is designed to meet the requirements for Marine Fire Fighter II in accordance with NFPA 1005.

This course provides firefighters with knowledge of:

  • Developing Team Assignments and Tactics
  • Implementing Entry, Attack and Ventilation Procedures
  • Cargo Transfer Hazards Associated with Fire Fighting Operations
  • Establishing Effective Boundary Control Preventing Fire Spread
  • Types of Vessel Fixed Suppression Systems
  • Specific On Board Fire Attack Procedures
  • Operating as a Member of the Rapid Assessment Team, Search Team, Attack Team, Boundary Team or Incident Command Team
  • Event Tracking Using Fire Control Plan
  • Marina Fire Fighting Procedures

Practical realistic scenarios will be conducted to ensure lessons learned are reinforced through a thorough debrief following each evolution.

A detailed report is provided following the Marine Fire Fighter I & II course. The report provides our observations concerning your team’s response during practical evolutions/scenarios, complete with recommendations for improvement.

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