The Command & Control Of Maritime Fire Emergencies 3-Day Full Course

Institution of Fire Engineers 19 Hours Approved Badge

A 3-day maritime incident command and control course, which has been officially recognised by the Institution of Fire Engineers, and carries 19 IFE approved hours of continuing professional development.

Institution of Fire Engineers 19 Hours Approved Badge

Identifying the need for a formal Fire and Rescue Services course in Advanced and Intermediate Incident Command Decision Making and Training across the Maritime industry, QFSM Ltd have developed The Command and Control of Maritime Fire Emergencies Course. This course delivers the skills and knowledge required to supplement their Incident Commander skills and/or Marine Tactical Advisor skills to be applied at a Maritime Fire Emergency. The elements within this course meet the Skills for Justice, the National Operational Standards performance criteria and the National Operational Guidance training requirements for Fires on Board Vessels.

Our team of experienced maritime experts provide a stimulating and interactive learning experience.


To develop the learners understanding of the complexities when operating in a maritime incident environment, and test their command skills necessary to resolve an operational incident on board a vessel.

  • Powers and policies –Understand the applicable powers, policies and legislation to implement and maintain a Safe System of Work at a maritime fire emergency.
  • Situational Awareness – Understand how to conduct a thorough situational Risk Assessment and to continually review both Dynamic and Analytical Risk Assessments at a maritime fire emergency.
  • Effective communication – Be able to effectively liaise with the Ships company, Harbour authorities and other applicable agencies to provide a coordinated response.
  • Resources – Recognise and anticipate the range of resources, specialist equipment, advice and emergency response plans required to aid Incident Commanders at a maritime fire emergency.
  • Cordon Control- Establish and apply cordons, sectors and exclusion zones to safely control operations and personnel involved in the incident at a maritime fire emergency.
  • Vessel Construction – Understand the complicated structure of a ship and interpret ships plans including ventilation systems/ducts, confined spaces, cargo holds, compartmentation and restricted access/egress.
  • Stability – Recognise the risks associated with an unstable vessel and apply appropriate control measures.
  • Table Top Exercise– Apply the skills, knowledge and experience of incident command in a Maritime related scenario.
Silver/Tactical Incident Commanders in European Fire & Rescue Services
Intermediate and Advanced Incident Commanders in UK Fire & Rescue Services
UK Fire & Rescue Service personnel with a specialist role
Senior Ships Company/Personnel in the commercial shipping industry
Maritime Incident Response Managers at International, National and Regional level
Risk Managers within the maritime industry
Port and Harbour Masters

3 days

The Course

This course and its instructors present a unique opportunity for delegates to develop their skills and knowledge and apply Incident Command skills within a Maritime context.

Our team of experienced maritime incident commanders and trainers provide a stimulating and interactive learning experience. Whilst courses are regularly delivered at our own training location near Maidstone in Kent, our Unique Selling Point is the course can also be delivered in your workplace across the UK. This maximises the opportunity to learn and develop consistent knowledge and standards, as well as helping you save time and money by reducing the time staff need to spend away from their duties and families.

Delegates will develop detailed knowledge and understanding of their role and responsibilities as an Incident Commander and Command Team, both on vessels and in a port or dockyard arena.

Delegates will:
Develop their knowledge and understanding of how to apply the skills required to operate in a Specialist Role and/or as an intermediate or advanced Incident Commander during a maritime emergency.
Develop their knowledge and understanding on powers and policies, situational awareness, communication, resources, effective cordon control, vessel construction and stability when dealing with a maritime incident.
Have a unique opportunity for personal development with a specialist group of Subject Matter Experts.

Please contact us for costs, availability and booking details.

  • Upcoming Course Dates:
  • Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th June 2023 – Kings Hill – FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th October 2023 – Kings Hill – SPACES AVAILABLE


  • Cost £1650 + VAT per person

If you would like to host your own course in your workplace or at a venue nearby, then please contact us for more details of how we can help.