STCW Courses

Fire prevention and fire fighting. STCW section A-VI/1-2

About this course
This course is part of the mandatory Basic Safety training for all seafarers with designated safety duties. The mandatory basic safety training courses also include: Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities and Elementary First Aid.
The course deals with the precautions needed to minimise the risk of fires, how fires are caused and how to extinguish them.
There is plenty of practical training, with a focus on using fire fighting equipment and breathing apparatus to extinguish various types and sizes of fires including casualty rescue in smoke filled enclosed spaces. Our multi-storey steel fire unit, fitted with simulated shipboard compartments, is used for live fire training.

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 take into account whilst attending this physically demanding course. It is therefore essential that delegates feel healthy and are physically fit to undertake such training.

Czech or English on request

Entry Requirements
There are no formal requirements for this course however you should be over 18 years of age and since there are practical firefighting exercises you will require a degree of fitness.

Regulations Addressed
STCW Table A-VI/1-2.

Course Objectives

  • To provide a general introduction to fire prevention and fire fighting issues when alongside, at anchor and at sea.
  • Practical skills of fire fighting
  • To enable all seafarers to meet the minimum standard of competence in security awareness outlined in the the STCWConvention Table A-VI/1-2 and the IMO Model Course.

Course Outline
On completion of this training, you will have learnt the ways in which fires are caused and the precautions to be taken to minimise the risk of fire on ships. You will also be able to

  • Maintain a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fires
  • Fight and extinguish fires using fire fighting apparatus and appliances provided on board
  • Act as a member of a fire party, including use of self-contained breathing apparatusCourse Outcomes
  • It will equip all seafarers with minimum standard competence in fire prevention and fire fighting as outlined in the STCW Convention and IMO Model Course

The course consists of:

Theory day 1:

  • tailored theory about fire and the spreading of fire tailored to the situation on board
  • elements that are required for fire
  • fire fighting techniques
  • dangers of different types of fire
  • types of fire extinguishers and their use preventive measures
  • protective clothing and how to use it
  • high pressure breathing equipment, how it works, how to use
  • checks before use
  • how to use and practical procedures

Practical day 2:

  • In a ‘fire house’ you will do fire fighting with different types of extinguishers.
  • Out side you will practise the use of high pressure fire houses with water and foam.
  • Exercises with high pressure breathing equipment in the fire house and a tower.
  • Blind search while using breathing masks in unknown buildin.

Course Contents
This course will cover topics including

  • Minimising the risk of fire
  • Maintaining a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire
  • Fighting and extinguishing a fire
  • Shipboard fire-fighting organisation
  • Location of fire-fighting appliances and emergency escape routes
  • The elements of fire and explosion (the fire triangle)
  • Types and sources of ignition
  • Flammable material, fire hazards and spread of fire
  • Fire and smoke detection and automatic alarm systems
  • Classification of fire and applicable extinguishing agents

Course Duration

16 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) are required to complete the course.

This course is arranged by C.O.S. - CREW MANAGEMENT, s.r.o. in Seafarers Training Center, Palachova 457/29, 290 01 Podebrady.  

Practical trainings are in the The Mine Rescue center, Za opravnou 276/8, 151 23 Prague 5, Motol.


On successful completion of the course, Ministry of Transport Czech Republic will issue a Certificate of Proficiency. 
Certificate is usually to be issued within 7-10 working days after completion of the course. 
To obtain a Certificate, student has to bring to Course Administrator a photo of the size required for passport and one stamp for CZK 200. For further information please contact Course Administrator: Lucie Marasova (+420 734317506,   

Form of Certificate of Proficiency Stáhnout PDF
C.O.S. Crew Managment, s. r. o.
Říčanská 1984/5
101 00 Praha 10 - Vinohrady
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