Helicopter Deck Firefighter

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to function effectively and safely as a Helicopter Deck Firefighter at installations in accordance with current industry standards.


A Helicopter Deck Firefighter certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Role and responsibilities of a helicopter deck firefighter.
  • Fire science.
  • Helicopter deck firefighting equipment.
  • Helicopter crash/rescue equipment.
  • Wear and operate breathing apparatus in emergency situations.
  • First aid.
  • Familiarity with different helicopter types and their operation and emergency procedures.
  • Become familiar with what fire protection is provided for each takeoff and landing.
  • Familiarity with management of dangerous goods.
  • Communication with HLO and pilots.
  • Shutdown and security of aircraft on helideck.
  • First response action during helideck emergencies.
  • Rescue techniques.
  • Casualty handling in emergency situations.
  • Evacuation of passengers during aircraft/helicopter deck emergencies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess, check and wear BA.
  • Use a Co2 extinguisher on a hold fire (Class A).
  • Complete a non-fire emergency response.
  • Operate a dry powder extinguisher on a live fire (Class B).
  • Complete hose running.
  • Locate and extract missing personnel and casualties.
  • Use fixed monitors.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites

NZQA Unit Standard 3272. Current medical certificate.

Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when the student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required.


Two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Steel cap boots.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for classroom situation.


A Medical is mandatory prior to the course commencement and ability to work in confined spaces.

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Course Length

1 Day


Emergency Response Training Centre, Bell Block


$1025 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

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