Participants who have completed this course will be able to

  • Operate a system of commands and procedures.

  • Describe the nature of fire and how to extinguish it.

  • Use every type of hand held fire extinguisher in the right conditions.

  • Follow correct procedures with fire fighting procedures.

  • Operate breathing apparatus. Fight a chemical fire.

  • Fight fire in a building using breathing apparatus.

  • Select and use PPE.

  • Respond to chemical spill incidents.


Who should attend?

Fire team members from all sectors of industry and commerce. Persons nominated for this course must be medically fit.



2-3 Days


Maximum Number of Candidates 

8 Per Trainer


Course Content

  • Relevant legislation including the Fire Services Act 1981

  • Cause and cost of fires

  • Understanding fires

  • Physics and chemistry of fires

  • Development and spread of fire

  • Portable fire extinguishers Theory

  • Fire classification

  • Types of fire extinguishers

  • Operation of fire extinguishers

  • Inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers

  • Records

  • Action in the event of fire

  • Role of ERT

  • Selecting and applying the correct extinguishing agent

  • Locating the fire

  • Fighting the fire

  • Practical demonstration and use of portable fire extinguishers

  • Familiarisation and use of fire equipment - fire hoses, hydrants, foam making equipment

  • BA - Set description

  • BA - Ancillary equipment

  • BA - Control procedures

  • Pre-use, donning and doffing procedures

  • Elementary physiology of respiration

  • Guide and personal lines

  • Working in heat and smoke

  • Search procedure

  • Entrapped procedure

  • Practical exercise wearing Breathing Apparatus

  • Cleaning and servicing of sets

  • Records

  • Post test

  • Chemical hazards

  • Types of spills

  • Information retrieval and Substance identification

  • Selection of Personal Protection Equipment - PPE

  • Routes of entry into the body

  • Levels of chemical suit protection

  • Use and limitations

  • Working duration

  • Donning and doffing practical

  • Chemical spill response procedures

  • Approach

  • Assessment

  • Site control

  • Control and containment

  • Atmospheric monitoring

  • Decontamination

  • Termination

  • Practical exercises

  • Clean, check and store equipment

  • Post test



National Safety Centre Certificate of Attendance



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