Marine Fire Fighting For Land-Based Firefighters (PILOT)

Requires Medical Clearance
Must be submitted prior to the first class session.

Instructional Hours: 60.00
This course has a Canvas component which requires internet access.

Course Objective: To provide students with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively perform shipboard fire suppression operations as part of a firefighting team Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the role of the fire department and other agencies that respond to shipboard emergency incidents, understand and apply the principles of shipboard fire behavior, firefighter safety, ship construction, arrangement, systems and staffing, shipboard firefighting strategy and tactics, marine communications, incident management, and hazardous materials incident mitigation.

Course Description: Major topics covered in the course are case studies and histories to introduce shipboard firefighting and characteristics of shipboard incidents, shipboard firefighting environment, port environment, terminal facility environment, and actions to protect the environment, fire department role, firefighter safety and survival, vessel types and crews, vessel construction and systems, access and egress to ship structures and compartments, vessel fire control plan, size-up, tactics, water survival, communications, incident command system, hazardous materials, ship tours, live fire practical drills, organizational resources, pre-incident survey, ship stability, strategy for the marine environment and the U. S. Coast Guard role. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and team-focused practical exercises.

Successful Completion: Students must attend required classroom sessions, complete all assigned online and classroom activities and homework assignments, demonstrate proficiency in the practical skills evolutions and obtain a score of 70% or better on the written and practical examinations.

*This course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for Marine Fire Fighter.


MFRI Firefighter II (FIRE 201), or MFSPQB, NBFSPQ, or IFSAC Firefighter II certification. This course also requires medical clearance.

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