GWO Fire Awareness
Duration: ½ day
Venue: Renewables Academy at Wexford Training Centre
Certification: GWO (Global Wind Organisation) Valid for 2 years
Fire Awareness is one element (of four) of the GWO Basic Safety Training which is required for all Wind Farm workers.
The holder of a GWO certificate is considered competent within Basic Safety in the wind industry and the members of GWO accept the holder of this certificate as possessing the required knowledge to stop an unsafe work situation.
The aim of this course is to give the participants the basic knowledge and skills through theoretical and practical training to prevent fires, conduct initial and appropriate judgement when evaluating a fire, manage evacuation of personnel to ensure all are safely evacuated and accounted for in the event of an unmanageable fire, and if it is judged to be safe, to efficiently extinguish an initial fire by using basic hand held fire fighting equipment.
The objectives of the course are such that, on completion, delegates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the development and spread of fire
- Demonstrate knowledge of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this
- Identify any sign of a fire in a Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) environment.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures
- Demonstrate correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the fire fighting equipment in a WTG
What you get
The course takes place in the classroom and contains a mix of theory lessons and practical exercises. The course covers:
- Legislation – Global and National
- Fire combustion and fire spread – Types of fires, “square of combustion”, fire spread, smoke gasses
- Fire extinction – Contingency plan, assessing the fire, fire classes
- Fire prevention – Fire hazards, fire prevention measures
- Fire fighting equipment in a WTG – Pre-use inspection, correct use of fire fighting equipment
- Practice and scenario-based training
Successful delegates will receive a GWO / Renewable UK Certificate of training and their training will be logged on the WINDA database of wind industry training records.
(Successful completion involves passing a short, multiple-choice written exam and satisfactory assessment of the delegate during the practical exercises.)
Delegates should be physically fit and capable of fully participating in the course, particularly all of the practical exercises.
Delegates will be required to sign a statement declaring that they are medically fit to complete the training and that they do not suffer from any medical illness or are under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.