STCW 6.3 Advanced Fire Fighting


Junior Officer’s Emergency Preparedness

This course is intended for those applying for examination of almost all navigation or engineering certificate of competency and for Fishing Master 1 and 2 class certificates.

The aim of the course is to provide Junior Ship’s Officers with the knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently carry out the duties associated with the inspection and maintenance of safety equipment and the control of an emergency team during a marine emergency.

The course meets the Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping (STCW 95), Table A-VI/3 and is approved by Transport Canada.  This course replaces Marine Emergency Duties (MED) C for deep sea vessels and is required for officer certification under STCW.


This program will cover the following topics:

  • Training Seafarers in firefighting
  • Firefighting process hazards
  • Ventilation control, including smoke extraction
  • Monitoring and control of stability during firefighting
  • Response of bridge, deck, and engine room watch officers to emergencies
  • Emergency response team leadership
  • On-scene leaders plan of attack
  • Coordination with shore-based firefighters
  • Management and control of injured persons
  • Fixed fire detection and extinguishing systems
  • Inspection and maintenance of emergency equipment
  • Incident recording
  • Crowd management
  • Search and rescue

Trainees will study the following:

  • Taking control of a fire team to enter a ship’s accommodation or engine room to contain, fight and extinguish a fire
  • Assessing emergency situations presented and formulating a plan of action or adapting an existing plan to meet the situation so as to prevent the situation deteriorating and, if possible, resolve the situation.
  • Learning what fixed fire detection and extinguishing systems may be provided on ships of different types and how to operate them and preparations required prior to their operation
  • Developing emergency equipment check lists and procedures and develop inspection processes to meet and exceed IMO standards as well as keep these records in a concise and usable format
  • Performing crowd management procedures at the passenger assembly point and determine what information passengers need and when and when it should be delivered
  • Determine how the rescue of castaways in the water, in life rafts or lifeboats can be made on the vessel the individual is on
  • Establish equipment needs and on-board training and drills to facilitate the quick, effective and efficient recovery of castaways and their on-board treatment and support until landed
  • Understand the role of the Rescue Coordination Centre in a distress situation, its authority and responsibilities
  • Understand the role of investigation authorities following an incident at sea and how to conduct an on-board investigation of a minor incident
  • Understand the need to keep detailed records of what took place during an emergency and the need for those in charge to obtain the full information before making unchangeable decisions
  • Develop pre-plans for emergencies, develop on-board training plans and educational / practical on-board drills to test and develop the plans, team members and the leadership of the teams

Practical training exercises will be conducted at the Fire Field.


Minimum of 36.5 hours of instruction delivered over five (5) days.

Course Details


  • Individuals requiring this level of training, who have accumulated the sea time required for a certificate of competency under the Marine Personnel Regulations, or if an employer deems this level of training is required by the individual and holds a valid STCW Basic Safety and Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat Other than Fast Rescue Boat.
  • Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities.  Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements.
  • A statement of health form completed on the first day of the course.  Applicants are advised to complete the Mariners Medical examination by a Transport Canada approved physician before applying for this course.  The Mariners Medical is a requirement to serve onboard a commercial vessel. See “FAQ`s -Medical Fitness” for full details.

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, trainees arriving without a current medical certificate will be refused the course and the company/individual will be charged an administration fee for cancellation. A valid

Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage card)


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Transport Canada EXN 24 certificate of completion for Advanced Fire Fighting meeting STCW 95 Regulation VI/3 requirements

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