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MEDI 2500 - Advanced Fire Fighting Officer Certification

Marine Emergency Duties Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

The course teaches students to competently inspect and maintain all emergency equipment; maintain fixed fire detection and extinguishing systems, respond professionally to an emergency, keep a log of salient events during an emergency, control passengers and untrained personnel during an emergency; respond professionally to a distress call and execute a search and rescue of survivors; and conduct formal on board familiarization and training sessions.


A valid Seafarers Medical or completed Medical Clearance form A valid Basic Safety Training Certificate, 16 years of age or older.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • State initial response of bridge, deck, and engine-room watch to emergency situations.
  • Describe how on-board familiarization and safety training is conducted for new crew members.
  • Explain how members of fire parties are trained including fire patrol systems.
  • Explain how to direct and control passengers during an emergency.
  • Complete an incident report form T88-1808 using examples from various given incident.
  • Explain procedures required in case of injured person.
  • Recognize value of leadership in pre-planning for contingencies.
  • Identify different types of internal communication systems.
  • Describe types of fire detection and extinguishing installations.
  • Explain duties of Rescue Coordination Centre and On-Scene Commander.
  • Describe, through mini lectures, search patterns.
  • Describe, through mini lectures, the inspection and maintenance of all emergency equipment on board a vessel.

Effective as of Winter 2009


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