Emergency Response Courses

CURRICULUM

Emergency Response Courses

 

NOTE: Not all courses are offered every year.  Please reference the current year's course schedule to see which courses are available.

 

ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING

This one-week course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in handling and managing shipboard incidents involving fire. It is intended for those personnel who will respond to, operate, and manage the incident aboard ship. The Advanced Fire Fighting course will cover pre-fire planning, fixed fire detection and extinguishing systems, fire party training, and incident leadership and command practices. Practical exercises are designed to develop these command skills.

Note: Members holding a "Not Fit for Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Coveralls, available at the school store, are needed for this course. High-top work boots are not mandatory but are recommended.

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Fire Fighting (MEBAMD-15) course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, 46 CFR 11.201(h), and 11.303(a), and the firefighting requirements for a national tankerman endorsement in 46 CFR 13.201(c)(3); 13.301(c)(3); 13.401(d); and 13.501(c)(3).

ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING REFRESHER

This course will be taken in conjunction with the Basic Safety Training Refresher course. During scheduled classes, BST Refresher will run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday while Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher will be on Thursday and Friday.

This two-day course provides refresher training for officers assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to fire fighting leadership and command. Additionally it will reacquaint the student with the National Integrated Incident Management System (NIIMS), fire suppression planning, incident strategies and associated tasks. The Manila Amendments to the STCW Code make it mandatory for certain parts of Advanced Fire Fighting to be refreshed ashore even for mariners that have sufficient sea time to renew their credential.


Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher (MEBAMD-697) course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting Training requirements of Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code, as amended, PROVIDED the applicant has previously completed a USCG approved Advanced Fire Fighting course.

BASIC SAFETY TRAINING - STCW

Basic Safety Training as mandated by the IMO's STCW 95 is required of all mariners. As of February 1, 2002, CMES may no longer conduct the abridged assessment course for the STCW 95 Basic Safety Training. In compliance with STCW Table A-VI/1 to 1-4 students must now attend the full 40-hour Basic Safety Training course consisting of USCG practical demonstrations in the following four categories:

1) Personal Survival
2) Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
3) Elementary First Aid (includes CPR)
4) Personal Safety and Social Responsiblities

Successful completion of these modules will result in the issuance of certificates that entitle you to receive an STCW 95 endorsement from the USCG.

Calhoon MEBA Engineering School has developed a study guide to prepare you for the practical demonstrations and multiple-choice exams that prove your competence in the required areas. The study guide will be available to incoming students their first day of class. Written exams will be administered, lectures will be given, and you will be assessed by practical demonstrations of your knowledge and abilities.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements:

To participate in any of the STCW modules you must be physically "Fit for Duty." If you know that you are claustrophobic or have a physical problem that would prevent you from wearing or using a self-contained breathing apparatus, you should consult with the instructor prior to enrolling in the class.

A swimsuit will be needed for the water-related activities of this program. It is very important to note that critical elements of the assessment for the Personal Survival requirement are the ability to float for 2 minutes without a lifejacket and the ability to jump from a height into the water. Non-swimmers or poor swimmers should prepare for this class before arriving at the school. Failure to perform these elements will prevent you from earning certification and subsequently receiving your STCW endorsement from the USCG.

USCG Approval:

Any applicant who has successfully completed the Basic Fire Fighting (MEBAMD-53) course will satisfy:

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting per STCW Code, as amended 2010 Section A-VI/1;
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting per 46 CFR 11.302(a)(2) and 46 CFR 12.602(a)(2);
  • Basic Fire Fighting per 46 CFR 11.201(h)(2) [Basic only] and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(3);
  • The Fire Fighting requirements for a national tankerman endorsement in 46 CFR 13.201(c)(3), 13.301(c)(3), 13.401(d), and 13.501(c)(3); AND,
  • The practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines for STCW Code, as amended 2010 Table A-VI/1-2, as documented in the Basic Fire Fighting section of NVIC 08-14.

Applicants who have successfully completed the course need not present completed "Task Control Sheets" for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

 

Any applicant who successfully completes the First Aid & CPR (MEBAMD-197) course will satisfy the following requirements:

  • Elementary First Aid per STCW Code Table A-VI/1-3;
  • Elementary First Aid per 46 CFR 11.302(a)(3) and 46 CFR 12.602(a)(3); and the first aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.201(i)(1); AND
  • Have performed the equivalent of all practical demonstrations as guided within the Elementary First Aid section of the Basic Training NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

 

Any applicant who successfully completes the Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (MEBAMD-359) course will satisfy the Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities competency and training requirements of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010, and 46 CFR 11.302(a)(4) and 12.602(a)(4); AND have performed all assessment tasks as guided by the applicable section within the Basic Training NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

 

Any applicant who successfully completes the Personal Survival Techniques (MEBAMD-363) course will satisfy the Personal Survival Techniques training and competency requirements of STCW Code, as amended 2010, Section A-VI/1 and 46 CFR 11.302(a)(1) and 46 CFR 602(a)(1) AND have performed all practical demonstrations as guided by the applicable section within the Basic Training NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

BST REFRESHER

  • The BST Refresher course is required for mariners renewing their license that do NOT have 1 year of sea time in the last 5 years.
  • This one-week course combines the Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher, Basic Safety Training Refresher, and Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher courses. Students registering for this class must take all three parts.
  • Students attending the BST Refresher class should plan on a full day of training on the last day of class.  Due to the volume of material covered in this class, students will not be finished on Friday until approximately 5:00 PM.
    • Students who are driving should not expect to leave campus until Friday evening.
    • Students who are flying should book their flights for Saturday.

 

Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher

This 16 hour course is designed for those mariners who have a valid STCW Advanced Fire Fighting endorsement but do not have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Advanced Fire Fighting.  The curriculum of this course provides refresher training for officers assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to firefighting leadership and command. Additionally it will reacquaint the student with the National Integrated Incident Management System (NIIMS), fire suppression planning, incident strategies and associated tasks.
 

Basic Safety Training Refresher

This 24 hour course is designed for those mariners who have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training endorsement but do not have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Basic Safety Training.  The curriculum of this course provides refresher training for officers and will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.
 

Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher

This 16 hour course is designed for those mariners who have a valid STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) endorsement but do not have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Proficiency in Survival Craft.  The curriculum of this course provides refresher training for officers and will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Taking Charge of a Survival Craft, Operating a Survival Craft Engine, Applying First Aid to Survivors and Using Locating Devices.
 

Note: Members holding a "Not Fit For Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Long pants, socks, work boots, and swimming attire are required for this course.

USCG Approval: 

Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher:
Any applicant who has successfully completed the Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher (MEBAMD-697) course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting Training requirements of Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code, as amended, PROVIDED the applicant has previously completed a USCG approved Advanced Fire Fighting course.

Basic Training Refresher:
Any applicant who has successfully completed our Basic Training Refresher (MEBAMD-68) course will satisfy the continued competency requirements for STCW Basic Training in STCW, as amended 2010, Basic Training in Section A-VI/1, 46 CFR 11.302(e) and 46 CFR 12.602(e), AND all of the tasks from the National Assessment Guidelines found in NVIC 08-14.

Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.

Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher:
Any applicant who has successfully completed your Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher (MEBAMD-749) course will satisfy the competency requirements of Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code, as amended, for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC), for those seafarers not having evidence of 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years provided that the applicant had previously been issued a Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats endorsement, and will satisfy the professional examination and practical demonstration requirements of 46 CFR 12.407(b)(3) for endorsements for Lifeboatman and PSC.

BST REVALIDATION

  • THE BST Revalidation course is required for mariners renewing their license that DO have 1 year of sea time in the last 5 years.
  • This one-week course combines the Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation and the Basic Training / Proficiency in Survival Craft Revalidation courses. Students registering for this class must take both parts.

 

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation

This 16 hour course is designed for those mariners who have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Advanced Fire Fighting.  The curriculum will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Control of Fire Fighting Operations, Organizing and Training Fire Parties, Inspect and Service Fire Detection and Extinguishing Systems, and Investigate and Compile Reports on Incidents Involving Fire.
 

Basic Training / Proficiency in Survival Craft Revalidation

This 24 hour course is designed for those mariners who have one year of sea time in the last five years and need to renew their STCW endorsement for Basic Safety Training and Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman).  The curriculum will cover the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies, as deemed applicable by the Coast Guard, for the STCW Competencies of: Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, and Proficiency in Survival Craft.
 

Note: Members holding a "Not Fit For Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Long pants, socks, work boots, and swimming attire are required for this course.

USCG Approval:

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation:
Any applicant who has successfully completed our Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (MEBAMD-777) course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training revalidation requirements of STCW Code Section A-VI/3 and 46 CFR 11.201(h)(1), and 11.303(d), provided that the mariner has at least 1 year of sea service within the last 5 years; AND the equivalent of the Tasks 1.3.A, 1.5.A, 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 3.1.A, 3.1.B, 4.1.A, 4.1.B, and 4.1.C from NVIC 09-14, Advanced Fire Fighting.

Basic Training Revalidation:
Any applicant who successfully completes our Basic Training Revalidation (MEBAMD-718) course will satisfy the continued competency requirements for Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting in STCW as amended 2010, Section A-VI/1, 46 CFR 11.302(d) and 46 CFR 12.602(d); AND will satisfy the continued competency for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC) the STCW as amended 2010 and 46 CFR 12.613(b)(1), provided that they have at least 1 year of sea service in the last 5 years.

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines TASK’s, as documented in NVIC 08-14 Guidelines on Qualifications for STCW Endorsements in Basic Training; 1.14.B, 1.14.D, 1.14.E, 1.14.F, 1.14.G, 3.7.A, 3.8.A, 3.8.B, 3.8.C, and 3.8.D.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present a completed “Record of Assessment” for these tasks in application for STCW certification.

CIVILIAN MARINER ENGINEERING OFFICER (CMEO)

This one-week course is designed for engineers who intend to apply for operational level engineering officer positions on government owned contract-operated Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels. Training modules include computer-based maintenance tracking program (SAMM), water testing, lube oil analysis, and a short module on technical writing.

Note: Members holding a “Not Fit For Duty” slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

CRISIS MANAGEMENT & HUMAN BEHAVIOR

This fourteen-hour course will cover emergency response and resource management knowledge and skills that are necessary to operate efficiently and safely during an emergency in the marine environment. It will also provide the student with sufficient instruction in human behavior and risk assessment procedures to enable them to determine correct initial actions, training requirements, and interagency interfacing that may be required to initiate and operate in a unified situation.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Crisis Management & Human Behavior (MEBAMD-138) course will satisfy Control passengers and other personnel during emergency situations competency requirement of Table A-V/2 of the STCW Code, as amended, and the requirements of 46 CFR 11.1005 for Passenger Ships.

CROWD MANAGEMENT

This five-hour course will prepare the mariner with passenger control responsiblities to be better prepared to carry out their duties in a safe and efficient manner. The course topics include methods of communication, passenger response to stress, and dealing with unruly people.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who has successfully completed the Crowd Management (MEBAMD-142) course will satisfy the training requirements of Table V/2 and Paragraphs 1, 3, and 4 of Section A-V/2 of the STCW Code, as amended, and 46 CFR 11.1005.

DAMAGE CONTROL / CBRD

This one-week course is designed for those persons who intend to apply for officer positions on government owned contract-operated Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels. Training modules include Chemical Biological Radiological Defense, and Damage Control. The course also includes Military Sealift Command's Environmental Protection Officer Program, which includes laws, pollution, ozone depletion, and hazardous materials handling with protective clothing and emergency response procedures.

Note: Members holding a “Not Fit For Duty” slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

FAST RESCUE BOAT

This one-week curriculum is based upon and meets the requirements set forth in STCW Table A-VI/2-2.  Topics include both classroom and hands-on training in: basic high and low speed operations, in water victim recovery and transport, running alongside another vessel underway and riding a sea painter, open water seach patterns, launch and recovery, stern and side towing, re-righting a capsized FRB (several methods), sponson and valve repair, emergency repair, use of communication and emergency equipment, operations in heavy weather and breaking seas, and engine familiarization and troubleshooting.

Note: Members hold a "Not Fit for Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.


Course Capacity: 8 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Students will be required to pass both a written exam and practical assessments in the areas set forth above. Students will, however, be required to swim without assistance and/or floatation devices. A swimsuit is required and sun protective clothing and lotion are strongly suggested.

USCG Approval: USCG Approval through Marine Rescue Consultants - Any applicant who has successfully completed the 31 1/4-hour Fast Rescue Boats course will satisfy the requirements of Table A-VI/2-2 of the STCW Code, Specification of the Minimum Standard of Competence in Fast Rescue Boats.

FAST RESCUE BOAT RENEWAL

This three-day course meets the requirements set forth in STCW Table A-VI/2-2 for demonstration of continued professional competence in Fast Rescue Boats. Topics include both classroom and hands-on training in: basic high and low speed operations; in water victim recovery and transport; running alongside another vessel underway and riding a sea painter; open water search patterns; launch and recovery; stern and side towing; re-righting a capsized FRB (several methods); sponson and valve repair; emergency repair; use of communication and emergency equipment; operations in heavy weather and breaking seas; and engine familiarization and troubleshooting.

Note: Members hold a "Not Fit for Duty" slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: Students should have taken the one-week Fast Rescue Boat course within the previous five years.

Special Requirements: Students will be required to pass both a written exam and practical assessments in the areas set forth above. A swimsuit is required and sun protective clothing and lotion are strongly suggested. PFDs will be provided.

SMALL ARMS COURSE

This one-week course will cover the safe care and operation of multiple firearms used aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels manned by civilian mariners. Also, specific rules of engagement pertaining to each force protection team unit will be covered. The objective of this course is to educate the civilian mariner in the safe and proper handling of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol, 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle, and 12-gauge pump operated shotgun. The participant will qualify in courses of fire as set down by the Military Sealift Command and the United States Navy, using live fire exercises at an approved firing range. All training and instruction will be in accordance with OPNAVINST.3591.1 Series.


Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: To be qualified to participate in this course, the member must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.

MSC Approval: This course is hereby recognized as meeting the standards and content of OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series Small Arms Training and Qualification and the Military Sealift Command's Individual Small Arms Training and Qualification Course.

VESSEL SECURITY OFFICER

This course is designed to prepare the mariner to function efficiently as a Vessel Security Officer. Topics emphasized in this course include security regulations, risk assessment and mitigation techniques, anti-piracy and armed robbery techniques including the use of deadly force, and interfacing with port or company security officers and implementation of the Vessel's Security Plan.

 

Course Capacity: 16 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

DNV Approval: This course is in compliance with the Guidelines for Maritime Security Training Course Providers, reference Federal Register February 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 25), and the following standards:

  • US Maritime Administration, Guidelines for Maritime Security Training Course Providers
  • Regulations 13.1 (Part B) and 13.2 (Part A and B) of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
  • IMO Model Course 3.19, Ship Security Officer (2012 edition)
  • Model Course MTSA 08-01, Vessel Security Officer (April 2008 edition)
  • STCW Convention 1978, as amended, Regulation VI/5 and STCW Code Section A-VI/5

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