observed for effectiveness. Activate AFFF bilge
sprinkling for 2 minutes prior to entry. If Halon was
effective, allow at least 15 minutes prior to space entry.
During the initial stages of a fire, what person
If Halon was not effective, re-entry should be
proceeds directly to the scene to direct efforts
attempted as soon as evacuation and mechanical
of the rapid response team?
isolation are completed.
Officer of the deck
Damage control assistant
The type of attack is determined from all
information received. A direct attack upon a fire
Repair party leader
involves entering the compartment, proceeding to the
seat of the fire, and attacking it "directly." Other direct
During general quarters (GQ), a ship has its
attacks involve a fog attack into the overhead gases, or
maximum capability to withstand damage.
a direct attack upon the base of the fire from the
For this reason, many ships routinely set GQ
compartment entrance. The accessman opens the hatch
upon notification of a fire.
or door so that fire fighters can enter the compartment.
If a fire has burned for a considerable time, the access
hatch to the compartment may be jammed. It may be
necessary to use forcible entry equipment, including
bolt cutters, sledge hammers, pry bars, PHARS, and
EEBDs should be cleaned and stored
immediately after they are used.
An indirect attack is used when conditions do not
allow fire fighters to enter the space. A fog spray is
The new EEBD provides a maximum of how
introduced from a cracked doorway or any available
many minutes of oxygen for escape
penetration. Upon completion, fire fighters will then
enter the compartment and attack the fire directly.
Compartment venting is another means of cooling the
space so fire fighters may enter safely. An opening
leading directly to an open weather deck area (or a
large open compartment leading directly outside)
allows the hot gases overhead to vent. It may be
desirable to cut a hole in the overhead leading outside.
The locker leader maintains plots of all
This hole should be at least 1 square foot in diameter to
damage control information throughout the
allow proper venting. Prior to entry, bilge sprinkling (if
ship, and will pass along all pertinent
installed) will be activated for 2 minutes.
information to the scene leader.
Loss of Personnel
Your training prepares you to take on different
positions on an attack team, or in the fire party. A
Personal protective equipment is intended to
personnel casualty requires you to find a replacement
fit slightly loosely, especially gloves.
for that person. Battle damage may prevent a member
of the fire party from reaching his or her GQ station.
The key element is training, enabling personnel to
perform a variety of functions in the fire party.