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A new yachtie’s eye view of the 5 day Basic Safety Training Course, with Seascope France

A new yachtie’s eye view of the 5 day Basic Safety Training Course, with Seascope France

Thursday – Practical Fire Day!! Early Start! 

Everyone met with their packed lunches at 07:00hrs in Antibes to get a ride in the Seascope minibus up to the fireground which is based at a working fire station in Contes behind Nice. (Don’t forget your pack lunch as shops are not very close to the fireground!)

We were all led into the fire station and given overalls, boots, fire proof clothing, gloves, helmets and breathing apparatus sets. Once fully equipped, we took a short walk up a track and we arrived at the training site, where 6 containers have been fitted out with rooms, beds, and dummies to simulate the interior of a ship that is on fire.

In the morning, we learnt about the various fire extinguishers, different types of fires and breathing apparatus sets. We did some exercises in BA gear in the containers filled with smoke, it was scary, but fun!

By lunch time we were all starving so tucked into our pack lunches enjoying the sunshine. Once we had had a break, a real fire was lit in the container, a fire engine arrives on site to supply the water for the hose pipe exercises and the fireman stayed on site with us to make sure we were all safe and could benefit from his knowledge and experience.    

                             

It was great! Despite the day being very physical and challenging, we all ended the day on a high, collapsed exhausted but happy into the minibus and were driven back to Antibes. Early night’s all round!!

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