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Certificate in Maritime Fire Safety

Study fire safety management, a key component to ship health & safety, with the leading industry online training provider

NEW START DATE: 12 August 2019

Online Learning

During the course you will study the following modules:


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Prevention and Suppression of Fire & Explosion (SOLAS)

The first module provides an overview of fire prevention and suppression of fire and explosions. It will cover topics such as causes of ignition, detection and alarm and the control and containment of fire. 

  • Fire safety objectives and functional requirements
  • Definitions
  • Probability of ignition
    • Purpose
    • Arrangements for oils
  • Fire growth potential
    • Control of air supply and flammable liquid
    • Fire protection materials
  • Smoke generation potential and toxicity
  • Detection and alarm
    • Principles of automatic detection
    • Classification of detectors
    • Smoke detectors
    • Radiation detectors
    • Heat detectors
    • Detector positioning
    • Manually operated alarms
  • Control of smoke spread
    • Protection of control stations
  • Containment of fire
    • Thermal and structural boundaries
    • Bulkheads within a main vertical zone
    • Fire integrity of bulkheads
    • Penetration in fire-resisting bulkheads
    • Ventilation systems
    • Exhaust ducts from galley ranges
  • Firefighting
    • Fire mains and hydrants
    • Fire pumps
    • Fire hoses and nozzles
    • Portable fire extinguishers
    • Fixed firefighting systems
    • Firefighting outfits
  • Structural integrity


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Escape & Operation Requirements (SOLAS)

This second module will cover an overview of crew and passenger safety, means of escape,  operational readiness and maintenance as well as describing the necessary instructions, onboard training and drills. 

  • Notification of crew and passengers
    • General emergency alarm
  • Means of escape
    • Purpose and general requirements
    • Vessel type requirements
    • Marking of escape routes
    • Evacuation analysis
  • Operational readiness and maintenance
    • Operational readiness
    • Maintenance, testing and inspection
    • Additional requirements by vessel type
  • Instructions, onboard training and drills
    • Instructions, duties and organisation
    • Onboard training and drills
    • Training Manuals
    • Fire Control Plans
  • Operations
    • Fire Safety Operational Booklets
  • Alternative design and arrangements
    • Engineered solutions


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Special Requirements (SOLAS)

The third module will highlight the special requirements for a fire including; helicopter facilities, the carriage of dangerous goods, the protection of vehicle, special category and ro-ro spaces, how to deal with casualties as well as learning the design criteria for systems to remain operational after a fire casualty.  

  • Helicopter facilities
    • Construction
    • Means of escape
    • Firefighting appliances
    • Drainage
    • Refueling and hanger facilities
    • Operations Manual
  • Carriage of dangerous goods
    • International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG)
  • Protection of vehicle, special category and ro-ro spaces
  • Casualty threshold, safe return to port and safe areas
  • Design criteria for systems to remain operational after a fire casualty
  • Safety Centre on passenger ships


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International Fire Safety Systems (FSS) code (Part 1)

This module is part 1 of the international fire safety systems. It will cover international shore connections, personnel protection, fire-extinguishing and fire-alarm systems.

  • International shore connections
    • Engineering specifications          
  • Personnel protection
    • Firefighters outfit
    • Personal equipment
    • Breathing apparatus
    • Lifeline
    • Emergency escape breathing devices
  • Fire extinguishers
    • Fixed gas fire-extinguishing systems
    • System control requirements
    • Carbon dioxide systems
    • Steam systems
  • Fixed foam fire-extinguishing systems
    • High expansion foam
    • Low expansion foam
  • Fixed pressure water-spraying and water-mist fire-extinguishing systems
    • Nozzles and pumps
    • Installation requirements
    • System control requirements
  • Automatic sprinkler, fire detection and fire alarm systems
    • Types of sprinkler systems
    • Power supply
    • Components
    • Installation requirements
    • System control requirements
  • Fixed fire detection and fire alarm systems
    • General requirements
    • Components
    • Installation requirements
    • System control requirements


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International Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code (Part 2)

For the final module, students will complete part 2 of the international fire safety systems code. It will provide an overview for smoke detection systems, low-location lighting systems, means of escape plans, emergency fire pumps, foam systems and inert gas systems. 

  • Sample extraction smoke detection systems
    • General requirements
    • Components
    • Installation requirements
    • System control requirements
  • Low-location lighting systems 
    • Definitions
    • Particulars
    • Maintenance             
  • Fixed emergency fire pumps
    • Components
  • Arrangement of means of escape
    • Stairways, landings, doorways and corridors
    • Evacuation routes to the embarkation deck
    • Means of escape plans
  • Fixed deck foam systems
    • Components
    • Installation requirements
  • Inert gas systems
    • Engineering specifications
    • Components
    • Installation requirements
    • Operation and control requirements   

I found the course very useful and the materials loaded with detailed information. The entire literature is very good for daily consultation in my work