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STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting Training Course (FPFF)

2.5 day course
Theory 250 minutes
Practical 790 minutes
Assessment 45 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are not included in this overall total

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This fire prevention and firefighting training course is one of five courses that together make up the STCW Basic Safety Training  Course - an essential qualification for anyone wishing to work on commercial ships.

Regulated by the MCA, the fire prevention and firefighting course provides seafarers with the essential education and training in fire prevention and firefighting meeting the knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) set out in the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended. 

It includes the correct action to take in an emergency, perform firefighting operations using a range of equipment, wearing of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), working in smoke and casualty recovery.
The course is physically demanding so delegates must be well and fit enough to undertake several firefighting exercises that will include wearing of breathing apparatus. 

This is a highly practical course and involves the use of our purpose-built facility where delegates undertake several scenario-based exercises where they will be required to:

  • Correctly use hoses, nozzles and hose equipment 
  • Identify the precautions to be taken in a smoke-filled environment
  • Extinguish different types of fire as a team member using equipment including:
    • Confined area fire with water fog applicator
    • Extinguish fires with water using jet / spray nozzles
  • Test and use breathing apparatus, to include:
    • Pre use checks and use
    • Team working / communication / gauge checks
    • Safe procedures (door opening, ladder use, search procedures, rescue techniques and evacuating procedures) in reduced visibility / foam
  • Casualty rescue (using manikin), communication and teamwork in smoke filled environment
  • Fire fighting in an accommodation or engine room area in heavy smoke

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand how to minimise the risk of fire on board 
  • Know the onboard equipment, procedures and personal safety requirements in fire situations
  • Be able to fight and extinguish fires

To view the full course timetable click here

This course is taught by highly experienced instructors. All our trainers have worked in hazardous environments – so they understand the issues and working conditions a delegate may face at work. 

Many of our trainers are also ex-firefighters and real-life rescuers who have been part of emergency operations in the UK and around the world. 

Delegates will be continually assessed throughout the course and will need to complete a multi-choice written test paper with a pass mark of 65% and achieve 100% pass mark in all practical assessments.

On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a printed MRS Training & Rescue certificate.

The course is regulated by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Those successfully completing the assessments will be issued with a certificate which is valid for 5 years. 


There will be a maximum of 12 people on this course. There is a maximum instructor to candidate ratio of 1:4 for the practical training and 1:24 for the theory / classroom training.  

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

Courses start at 9am and finishes at about 5pm on days 1 and 2. On day 3 course finishes around 1pm.


Yes – all candidates are required to bring the following for practical exercises – other PPE will be provided: 

  • Coveralls/clothes to be worn under fire uniform (this may get smoky)
  • Long socks
  • Comfortable clothes for the classroom

Yes. Delegates should be clean shaven as the course includes the wearing of breathing apparatus. In addition, all delegates must complete the mandatory forms (STCW Delegate Registration Form and STCW Pre Course Medical Questionnaire), in the links provided in our joining instructions email and return them to MRS Training & Rescue no later than 16:00 on the day prior to the course commencing.  

Delegates must also provide government issued photo identification on their day of training. This is a mandatory requirement and failure to provide this will prevent the delegate taking the training until verification can be made.  

Course materials, refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

The MRS Training & Rescue certificate will be provided to successful candidates at the end of the course.

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

Yes - subject to our terms and conditions.

Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

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The Benefits

  • We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.

  • We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

  • We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.

  • Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.

  • Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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