Basic Fire Fighting

There is no more terrifying hazard that confronts commercial seamen and commercial ships than fire at sea. To prevent this catastrophic emergency, every seaman is trained in Basic Fire Fighting. Each is expected to pay constant attention to fire prevention, and to be capable of serving as an effective member of a fire response team.

These realities are reflected in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) that have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its member nations. Competence in Basic Fire Fighting is one of four core elements of the Basic Safety Training that all ships are now required to provide, and all seamen are obligated to achieve.

Using this Product

Intended for use by commercial marine industry and seagoing recreational vessels, this training program is based on requirements set forth in Table VI of the STCW Code, as amended in 2010. Consisting of DVD training media, an audio-visual Test and a Workbook, the product offers training, testing and assessment features that facilitate compliance with the International Safety Management (ISM) and STCW codes.

The companion Interactive Test enables the viewer to measure his or her comprehension of the subject matter with an interactive testing interface that relies on the memory-enhancing power of video to build retention and anchor the training messages. The result is a win-win-win. The crewmember has a high likelihood of achieving a passing score and a Certificate of Achievement for his or her personal file. The employer demonstrates that its personnel are retaining vital information and obtains statistical confirmation that its training efforts are working. Auditors see conclusive evidence that the employer is doing its job.

Content is organized into three segments.

Part 1 • How to Use This Program
• Shipboard Fire Fighting Organization
• Escape Routes
• Periodic Fire Drills
• The Elements of Fire & Explosion
• Fuel, Heat, Oxygen
• Types & Sources of Ignition
• The Three Methods of Fire Spread
• Classes of Fire

Part 2 • Extinguishing Agents
• Discovery of Fire
• Immediate Actions
• Fight & Extinguish Fires
• Fire Fighter's Outfit
• Personal Equipment
• Fire Fighting Equipment & Appliances

Part 3 • Portable Fire Extinguishers
• Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
• Fire Fighting Methods


To maximize the value of the Basic Fire Fighting Learning Management System, crew members should be assigned to watch Parts 1, 2 and 3 then review the content in the Workbook, which offers the same training messages in pictorial form. There are two options for measuring comprehension. The video training course includes an audio visual practice test. Crew members should be invited to test themselves as often as they like before being assigned to take the Interactive Test that represents a formal measure of crew comprehension.

The Interactive Test interface offers testing, scoring, certification and data tracking. It is available as an internet stream or an application that can be installed on the ship's computer. It breaks the training content into segments that incorporate short video clips, each with a companion quiz and glossary. Each quiz generates answers to the multiple choice or true/false questions in random order to eliminate test fraud. The Interface scores and certificates each test event, and maintains a history test performance that can be exported to an external database. Click the link at the top of the page for a demonstration. DVD-Video. Parts 1-3, 46:45. Test, 20:02.

Basic Safety Training Program