Fire Extinguisher Use and Operation

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in fire extinguishment using a range of hand held extinguishers and fixed hose reels.


A Fire Extinguisher Use and Operation certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 3271 L2 C1 V6

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Fire classifications and properties.
  • Methods of extinguishment.
  • Types of hand held extinguishers.
  • Practical demonstration of the correct use of fire extinguishers on different classes of fire.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fire classes and fire suppression techniques.
  • Select and implement a strategy to deal with fire.

Course structure

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

Course prerequisites


Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when the student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The assessment will involve use of different fire extinguishers on live fire.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing.
  • Socks.
  • Covered in footwear
  • Water bottle.
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Course Length

4 Hours


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$185 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Important Information

Student Handbook

Terms and Conditions

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.

John Williams

John Williams

John Williams

A safety conscious individual, John provides the bridge between training, assessing and employment on many of Taranaki’s oil and gas sites. Holding health and safety roles throughout the region and a passion for hazard identification and confined space entry, John is a well-known trainer and on the job assessor throughout the Taranaki region. John has numerous years of experience in training and his knowledge sees him as a valuable trainer due to his breath of knowledge and practical take on training.

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.


Helpful and  good to get first aid experience with use of fire extinguishers.

New Plymouth District Council

Good course.  Renewed my confidence.


I enjoyed the course.  It was very informative and the examples used enlightening.  Loved the fire practice.

Jackson Security Services

Great course, content and facilitator.

Jody Wards - Fitzroy Engineering

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