Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2)

STCW Maritime Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention Training Course

This Maritime Fire Fighter training course is part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers with designated safety duties. It deals with the precautions needed to minimise the risk of fires, how fires are caused and how to extinguish them.

About the course

The Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention course deals with the necessary precautions to minimise the risk of fires aboard ship. It examines how fires are caused and the first means of extinguishing them.

The aim of the course is to give seafarers the essential education and training in fire fighting and fire prevention, particularly focusing on:

  • Understanding the risk of fire onboard and how to minimise those risks
  • Learning how to fight and extinguish fires as well as search for and recover casualties
  • Covering how to wear fire fighting equipment including personal breathing apparatus and safe use of fire extinguishers.


This course has both a written and practical assessment.


This course contains some exercises that are physically demanding. Any candidate unsure of their fitness for such activities should consult their doctor.

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