AGI Shipboard Fire Service

By: Agi Shipboard  09-12-2011
Keywords: Shipping Companies, fire fighting, Marine Fire Fighting

SERVICES - Fire Management for Seafarers

We know fire fighting and emergency preparedness are secondary duties for any seafarer. However, whether at sea or in port, should a fire occur, your crew must have the required knowledge, skills and equipment to effectively and safely respond to the emergency.

Many shipping companies have expressed interest in our site-specific training program, unfortunately logistical problems associated with onboard training can make it difficult for the company and crew to commit the time and money without first having experienced the many benefits bringing the training to the vessel and crew creates.

AGI has solved that problem by developing a training program that is cost effective and surpasses the mandatory fire fighting requirements for merchant vessels.  Upon completion of two scheduled and recorded fire drills, the information is sent to our office for a detailed review and analysis. Following our evaluation we will provide a comprehensive report containing our observations and recommendations.

It is imperative AGI’s principals evaluate your crew prior to commencing with our practical hands-on team training to ensure we know your crew’s capabilities and they know what we can do to improve their marine fire fighting skills. Our intention is not to train the crew to become professional marine firefighters, only to ensure they are trained to a standard they will feel safe and comfortable with should a fire emergency occur on their watch and vessel.

Our training is brought right to your vessel and designed specifically for each client depending upon the client’s requirements and vessel operations. We can train your crew while alongside, at anchor or while sailing between destinations.

AGI Shipboard training courses are designed to improve the effectiveness of the crew’s response to fire emergencies onboard their vessels while making the response as safe as possible. All training is based on proven methods and response techniques for Marine Fire Fighting. We incorporate boundary control techniques, standard first aid (OFA) evaluation, and muster list revisions as required.

This course is designed for seafarers (officers/crews) assigned to control fire fighting operations on large domestic vessels. The course provides the knowledge and training necessary to cope with marine fires and rescue of victims onboard, with particular emphasis on organization, tactics and command & control.

Through lectures and practical hands-on training, demonstrations, practical scenarios, and debriefs by AGI’s experienced fire officers/instructors, this course provides seafarers with an understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment, their vessel, prevention of shipboard fires, their own safety, the safety of other crew members/passengers onboard and lessons learned following the scenario-based exercises.

Each training session is followed up with a detailed report containing observations during the scenario and recommendations for improvement.

SERVICES - Fire Management for Fire Departments

Fire response practices and training for marine fire fighting on vessels around the world have not been very prescriptive in approach and not always based on the real needs of the fire department. AGI Shipboard Fire Service Ltd is intent on improving those practices.

Case history shows many land-based fire departments may or may not be aware of their lack of knowledge and preparedness concerning the marine environment and more importantly, vessel fire fighting techniques and procedures.

AGI Shipboard Fire Service Ltd’s Marine Fire Fighting courses are based upon NFPA 1405, Guide for Land-Based Firefighters Who Respond to Marine Vessel Fires” with the training consistent with NFPA 1005, Professional Qualifications Standard for Marine Firefighters I and II.

AGI delivers marine fire fighting training providing a common sense, hands-on practical training format incorporating scenario-based exercises that concentrate on the initial fire response procedures in order to provide the working skills to safely approach, assess, confine and extinguish fires aboard all types of vessels within your jurisdiction.

AGI’s instructors have the marine fire fighting experience and technical training that focuses on taking the mystery out of shipboard fire fighting while providing a unique opportunity for your firefighters and fire officers to develop and maintain an acceptable standard for marine fire fighting and improve your organization’s response capabilities.

Our program is designed to assist in developing and maintaining confidence among firefighters and reinforce the importance of standardizing procedures through effective training.

AGI Shipboard Fire Management for Fire Departments Course is designed to identify the elements of a comprehensive marine firefighting response program including, but not limited to, vessel familiarization, training considerations, pre-fire planning and special hazards that will enable your firefighters to extinguish vessel fires safely and efficiently. The practical training AGI provides applies to vessels that call at Canadian and United States ports, including commercial fishing vessels, towboats and barges and vessels that are signatory to the International Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) agreement. Due to the expansive nature of marine firefighting, our course is directed at fires aboard vessels, typically within a port area, including anchorages.

Strategies and tactics utilized to attack a fire aboard a vessel are similar in many ways to those used in attacking structure fires. However, there are many aspects of marine fire fighting that warrant special attention because of the unique environment encountered aboard a vessel.

Course participants will be provided with a training manual designed for use as a training guide. The course identifies the elements of a comprehensive marine fire fighting response program that will enable land-based fire fighters to safely and efficiently handle vessel fires. Practical exercises are the major part of this course. These exercises can be held on vessels and/or at dockside facilities.

Keywords: fire fighting, Marine Fire Fighting, Shipping Companies,

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