Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
South West Maritime Academy
What is the STCW2010 Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting? Section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code (paragraph 3) states that ‘Seafarers qualified in accordance with paragraph 2 in basic training shall be required, every five years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence, to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A VI/1-2.’ The UPFPFF Course covers: Learning outcome - The learner is able to maintain the required standard of competence in fire prevention and fire fighting. Learning objectives: 1. Correctly use portable and mobile (wheeled) fire extinguishers on appropriate fire types 2. Correctly use hoses, nozzles and hose equipment, including: i. Different types and sizes of hose and their connections; ii. Different types of nozzle; iii. Nozzle maintenance and stowage requirements; iv. Use of foam-making equipment. 3. Extinguish different types of fi res as a member of a team using a range of equipment commonly found on board, including: i. Fires with foam, powder or any other suitable chemical agent; ii. Confi ned area fi re with water fog applicator; iii. Oil fi re with dry chemical powder/foam applicators; iv. Extensive fires with water using jet/spray nozzles 4. Test and use BA and associated equipment, covering: i. Principles of operation of typical BA equipment; ii. Equipment checks on start-up and use; iii. Gauge checks, correct team working and communication; iv. Safe procedures (door opening, ladder use, search procedures, rescue techniques and evacuation procedures) in reduced visibility/foam; v. Casualty rescue (using a dummy), communication and team work in a smoke-filled environment; vi. Fighting fire in an accommodation or engine room area in heavy smoke.