Safety Classes

 

Advanced Fire Fighting (SHLSOS-15)

Applicants completing our 35-hour Advanced Fire Fighting course satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/3 and Table AVI/3 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR10.205(l)(2);—AND—the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR10.205(g) and 10.401(g)(1) for a license. During this course, students learn to blueprint a vessel and organize emergency squads for fire fighting. The class covers effective communication between crew members and land-based fire units, leadership roles and responsibilities, documentation of crew training, and emergency squad training. Students also learn to inspect and service personal shipboard fire extinguishing equipment before going through shipboard simulations and actual firefighting drills.

Prerequisite: Basic Fire Fighting

Basic Fire Fighting (16-Hour)

Applicants completing our 16-hour Basic Fire Fighting course and presenting our Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center, satisfy: (1) the Basic Safety Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and TableA-VI/1-2 of the Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code and 46 CFR 10.205(l)(2);—AND—(2)the Basic Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(g) and10.401(g)(1) for a license;—AND—(3)the Fire Fighting training requirements of46 CFR 13.113(d)(2)(i)(A),13.113(e)(1)(i)(A) or (B), 13.201(e),13.301(e), 13.401(d) or 13.501(e) for any tankerman endorsement.

Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites

Basic Fire Fighting (35-Hour)

Applicants completing our 35-hour Basic Fire Fighting course and presenting our Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center, satisfy: (1) the Basic Safety Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/1and Table A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 10.205(l)(2);—AND—(2) the Basic Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR10.205(g) and 10.401(g)(1) for a license;—AND—(3) the Fire Fighting training requirements of 46CFR 13.113(d)(2)(i)(A),13.113(e)(1)(i)(A) or (B),13.201(e), 13.301(e), 13.401(d) or13.501(e) for any tankerman endorsement. The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the chemical process of fire, its behavior and the various methods and equipment used to combat it.

Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites

Basic Safety Training

The Basic Safety Training Program consists of stand-alone courses of components outlined in Basic Fire Fighting, First Aid/CPR, Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities, and Personal Survival Training.

Basic Safety Training Renewal (SHLSOS-69)

The course was designed for persons sailing aboard military-contracted vessels and satisfies the Military Sealift Command (MSC) three-year BST renewal requirement. It does not replace the requirement of one year of sea duty in the previous five nor the obligation to have completed BST, which is a prerequisite. It does not replace the SHLSS STCW Basic Safety Course, Basic Fire Fighting, or Water Survival training courses required by 46 CFR for USCG endorsement as Lifeboatman. Modules meet or exceed the minimum mandatory requirements of STCW 1995, Section A-VI/1, Mandatory minimum requirements for familiarization and basic safety training and instruction for all seafarers.

The course reintroduces students to the fundamental knowledge and skills of basic shipboard safety necessary for employment aboard military-contracted vessels as set out in the STCW Code tables A-VI/1-1 through 1-4. These are personal survival techniques (1-1), fire prevention and fire fighting (1-2), elementary first aid (1-3), and personal safety and social responsibilities (1-4). Students successfully completing this course will be capable of recognizing and responding to an emergency at sea. Course objectives are accomplished through classroom lectures and practical exercises.

Prerequisite: BST

Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting (SHLSOS-125)

Applicants completing our 41-hour Advanced Fire Fighting course satisfy: (1) the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of Section AVI/3 and Table AVI/ 3 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 10.205(l)(2);—AND—(2) the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of 46CFR 10.205(g) and 10.401(g)(1) for a license. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the fundamentals of shipboard and tank barge fire fighting.

Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites

First Aid & CPR (21-Hour) (SHLSOS-199)

Applicants completing our 21-hour First Aid & CPR course satisfy: (1) the Basic Safety-Elementary First Aid training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table AVI/ 1-3 of the STCW Code and 46CFR 10.205(l)(3);—AND— (2)—IF—presented WITHIN 1 YEAR of the date of training, the First Aid & CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(h)(1)(ii)and 10.205(h)(2)(iii) for original issuance of a license. Students in this class learn the principles and techniques of safety and basic first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) according to the accepted standards of the American Red Cross. Successful students are awarded a certificate from the American Red Cross.

Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites

First Aid (8-Hour)

Applicants completing our 8-hour Elementary First Aid course and presenting our Certificate of Training at the Regional Exam Center (REC) satisfy: (1) the First Aid training requirements of 46 CFR10.205(h)(1)(ii) for original issuance of a license;—AND—(2) the Basic Safety-Elementary First Aid training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1- 3 of the Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code and 46 CFR10.205(l)(3).

Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites

HAZMAT Recertification

This one-day class includes a regulatory overview of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements, reviews of toxology terminology, medical monitoring instruments and techniques, site-control and emergency preparedness, proper use of respiratory protection, and monitoring equipment and new technology.


Prerequisite: 24- or 40-hour Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) courses

 

MSC Courses

 

Marine Environment

Marine Environment is a one-day, eight-hour course designed for mariners who are employed, or may be employed, on U.S.-flagged MSC vessels in accordance with MSC requirements. This course is designed as a module of the SHLSS Government Vessels Training Program; however, the course can also be used independently. The purpose of the Marine Environment course is to provide the student with an understanding of environmental protection, to include MSC policies regarding compliance with regulations, pollution prevention and spill conservation response readiness.


Anti-Terrorism

Level I: Anti-Terrorism/ Personal Protection Brief is a one-hour course designed for seafarers who are employed, or may be employed on government vessels. In addition, seafarers who are employed, or may be employed on other U.S.- flagged vessels may also attend this course. Level I: Anti-Terrorism/ Personal Protection Brief” is designed to familiarize the students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves when traveling abroad, and meets the requirements issued by the Department of Defense in April 1997. This is accomplished exclusively through classroom lecture.

 

Damage Control

Damage Control is a three-day (21-hour) course designed for mariners who are employed, or may be employed, on U.S.-flagged MSC vessels in accordance with MSC requirements. This course is designed as a module of the SHLSS Government Vessels Training Program; however, the course can also be utilized independently. The purpose of the Damage Control course is to provide the student with an understanding of the specific objectives of damage control and the knowledge and practical experience required for effective damage control operations. This is accomplished through classroom lecture and practical exercises.

 

MSC Individual Small Arms Training and Qualification and MSC Individual Small Arms Sustainment Training and Qualification

This course meets the standards and content of OPNAVINST 3591.1E Small Arms Training and Qualification and MSC’s Individual Small Arms Training and Qualification and MSC’s Individual Small Arms Sustainment Training and Qualification Course.

 

Helicopter Fire Fighting

This course provides tailored team training for mariners who may serve as a member of a ship’s flight deck organization. This course will introduce the mariner to some of the dangers associated with flight deck operations, the equipment and the procedures they will employ when serving as a member of the ship’s flight deck organization. This course will discuss helicopter nomenclature and hazards associated with helicopter operations, classes of fire, personal protective equipment, flight deck fire fighting equipment, helicopter pilot, crew and passenger rescue procedures, helicopter fire suppression and extinguishment procedures and techniques. The mariner will be drilled in the procedures and techniques of pilot rescue and helicopter fire suppression and extinguishment. The mariner will be required to demonstrate proficiency in those procedures and techniques during live fire field exercises.

 

MSC Readiness Refresher

This is a refresher course that focuses on the assessment of a mariner’s abilities and competence in Marine Environmental Programs, Basic CBR Defense, Damage Control, Helicopter Fire Fighting, and USCG BST. The course is intended for Civil Service Mariners (CIVMARS) and Contract Mariners (CONMARS) who work aboard MSC-contracted ships.

 

Prerequisite: Basic Safety Training and Helicopter Fire Fighting

 

The course schedule may change to reflect the needs of the membership, the industry or the national interest. Seafarers should continue to consult each monthly edition of the Seafarers LOG for the most up-to-date course schedule.

For additional information, contact the Paul Hall Center, P.O. Box 75, Piney Point, MD 20674-0075; telephone (301) 994-0010. Please note that students should check in the Saturday before their course's start date. The courses listed here will begin promptly on the morning of the start dates.

In addition, basic vocational support program courses are offered throughout the year, one week prior to the AB, QMED, FOWT, Third Mate, Tanker Assistant and Water Survival courses. An introduction to computer courses will be self-study.