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Maritime Fire Training & Certification

Built to STCW standards as put forth by the IMO. Also complies with applicable OSHA and Canada standards.


We Offer Three Types of Maritime Fire Safety Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Maritime Fire Safety certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Maritime Fire Training Course?

Our Maritime Basic Fire Fighting training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Course Outline:

  • Hazard Identification & Storage
  • Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Response
  • Investigated Case Studies

Course Goals:

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.

Intended Audience:


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Maritime Fire Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 1915 Subpart P – Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment
  • 1910.39 – Fire prevention plans
  • 1910.38 – Emergency action plans
  • 1910.36 – Design and construction requirements for exit routes
  • 1910.157 – Portable fire extinguishers
  • 1910.106 – Flammable liquids
  • NFPA 10 – Standards for portable extinguishers
  • Canada Standards

  • SOR/2010-83 – Fire and Boat Drills Regulations
  • SOR/2017-14 – Vessel Fire Safety Regulations
  • SOR/2005-280 – Boat and Fire Drill and Means of Exit Regulations
  • C.R.C., c. 1422 – Fire Detection and Extinguishing Equipment Regulations

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Maritime Fire Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, crew members aboard commercial vessels must receive training to ensure that employees know what to do in the event of an emergency involving a fire onboard.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances are very specific: employees must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they still understand and can adhere to the standards and proper safety. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of training. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer, but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Maritime Fire

    Did You Know?

    Only 15% of fires in the workplace are caused by failed equipment, which means that 85% are caused by employees.

    Of all the fires that occur in the workplace, over 25% of them are linked to electrical malfunctions.

    Flames are not the only danger in a fire. Fire can take all the oxygen out of a room and replace it with poisonous gas. Someone could suffocate before the flames ever reach them.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    How can a ship fire be prevented?

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    Fire prevention should include proper training and regular drills. It’s also important to maintain a clean workplace, remain aware of heat sources, and notice the signs of danger in your area.

    What type of vessel is the most likely to catch fire?

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    Container ships are most at risk of onboard fires.

    What are the most common causes of a container ship fire?

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    The most common causes of ship fires include:

    • Engine problems – an overheated engine can fail and cause a fire
    • Faulty electrical wiring – damaged wiring in hard-to-reach places can start a fire
    • Galley equipment – improper use of stovetops and ovens can result in a fire
    • Explosive cargo – combustible cargo that is not properly stored can create a fire

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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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