Firefighting/Fire Watch (Incipient)
Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.
Course Length: 4 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks.
Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be thirty–five (35) in the classroom session and thirty-five (35) in the practical session.
- Provide delegates the necessary skills to safely perform incipient firefighting duties.
- General housekeeping rules to prevent fires.
- Discuss the classifications of fire.
- Discuss the classifications of fire extinguishers.
- Teach basic methods of fire extinguishment.
- Review incipient firefighting hazards.
- Teach general industry hot work & fire watch regulations and procedures.
- Delegates should be able to demonstrate the necessary skills during practical examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination.
- Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
- Practical Exercises
Successful Course Completion
- Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
- Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
- Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
- Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.
Course Content Summary
Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)
Lunch: 1 Hour (if applicable)
Fire Related Statistics
- GOM Fires
Phases of Fire
- Free Burning
- Fire Tetrahedron
- Chemical Reaction
- Common Fuels
- Effect of Oxygen
- Effects of Heat
- Common Ignition Sources
- Static Sparks
- General Prevention
- Chemical Storage
- Storage Cabinets
- Cylinder Storage and Transport
Classes of Fire
- Class A – Properties, extinguishing methods, and labeling
- Class B – Properties, extinguishing methods, and labeling
- Class C – Properties, extinguishing methods, and labeling
- Class D – Properties, extinguishing methods, and labeling
- Class K – Properties, extinguishing methods, and labeling
Fire Extinguishers (Main Types)
- Water – Function, extinguishing properties
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – Function, extinguishing properties
- Dry Chemical – Function, extinguishing properties
- Cartridge Operated Dry Chemical
- Dry Chemical Wheeled Units
- Foam – Function, extinguishing properties
- Extinguisher Limitations
- UL Ratings
- Class A, B, C Ratings
- UL Ratings
- Fire Blankets
Fire Extinguisher Inspection
- Monthly/Annual Inspections
- Steps for Extinguishing a Fire
- Sounding Alarm
- Sizing up the Fire
- Gathering Equipment
- Approaching Fire
- Attack using “PASS” Method
- Re-attacking Fire
- Wind Direction
- Limitations when fighting fire
- Extinguishing Methods
- Common Extinguishing Agents
- Common Hazards
- Toxic Vapors
- Safety Equipment
- Gas Detectors
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
- Protective Clothing
- FRC’s, Bunker Gear
- Emergency Response Plan
- Emergency Evacuation
Hot Work/Fire Watch
- BSEE Regulations – 30 CFR Part 250.109 – 250.113
- Hot Work Permits
- Welding Plan
- Welding Equipment Requirements
- Before Welding Begins
- Welding Restrictions
- Well Bay Example
- Fire Watch Requirements
- Fire Watch Duties
- Gas Detectors
- Lower Explosive Limits
- Upper Explosive Limits
Practical shall verify the following:
- Select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
- Inspect and identify damaged extinguishers
- Select appropriate extinguisher and firefighting equipment
- Effectively communicate with others in the area using proper alerting techniques
- Demonstrate use of firefighting equipment
- Demonstrate firefighting techniques as discussed in theory
- Demonstrate fire extinguishing procedures
- Remove used extinguishers from service properly
Training Center Provided Material
- Fire Extinguisher
Reference Material / Documents
National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.157 Portable Fire Extinguishers
OSHA 29 CFR 1926.150 Fire Protection
BSEE 30 CFR 250.109 – 250.113 (Welding & Burning)
- Course ID #: MA028