Refresher Training in Advance Fire Fighting – RTAF

SCOPE This training is intended to meet the requirements set out in Section A-VI/3 Paragraph 4 of the STCW Code, as Amended

This course provides training and skills development for all who work on the waters and seas of the world. Whether tug or barge, fishing vessel or cruise ship, oil rig or deep sea vessel, the need to prevent or contain and extinguish fires is essential. When onboard, vessel personnel must be their own fire department.

The course is designed to give trainees a basic understanding of types of fire, methods of extinguishing, and onboard fire fighting equipment. Including equipment maintenance, the use of breathing apparatus and search and rescue skills. The course will advance to train a comprehensive understanding of the theory of fires as it applies to a shipboard environment, and will include elements of command and control together with the importance of stability and ship integrity. The course is structured around a number of practical exercises, rescue techniques, casualty evacuation practices, live fire exercises, and refilling portable fire extinguishers.


OBJECTIVES On completion of the training, the trainees will have sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them:

  1. Control Fire Fighting aboard ship
  2. Organize and Train Fire Parties
  3. Inspect and service fire extinguishing systems and equipment


Entry Standards
Seafarer who shall undergo the Refresher Training for AFF must:

  1. Possess Certificate of Proficiency (COP) of AFF;
  2. Show upon enrollment, proof of approved seagoing service, performing functions appropriate to the certificate held for a period of at least :
  • Twelve months in total during the preceeding five years, or
  • Three months in total during the preceeding six months immediately prior to re-validating

Seafarer who have not acquired the minimum approved seagoing service performing functions appropriate to the certificate held and perform functions considered to be equivalent to the seagoing required and approved by MARINA, shall be required to retake the course.


Code No. of Days Room  Starting Day
RTAF 1.5 Wednesday