In-Port Emergency Team (IET)
In-port emergency teams are made up of duty
section personnel. IET members are emergency team
member qualified and stand ready to respond to any type
At times, it may be necessary to provide additional
personnel and material support to the IET. These
additional personnel come from a pool of excess duty
personnel and assemble at a designated location. They
can assist in setting fire or flooding boundaries and are
available to back up the primary IET, if needed.
Rescue and Assistance (In Port/At Sea)
All ships are required to have a rescue and
assistance detail in port and at sea. The primary
missions of this detail are to rescue personnel at sea,
assist another unit in distress, and assist persons or
activities in distress ashore. All personnel assigned to
the rescue and assistance detail must, as a minimum, be
qualified as an emergency team member and in first aid.
Rapid Response Team
When in port or under way, each ship has a
designated rapid response team. This team proceeds
directly to the scene when a fire or flooding is called
away. The team attempts to quickly extinguish or
contain the fire or minimize or stop a flooding. At a
minimum, this team is made up of four personnel
qualified as fire team members and the ships fire
marshal. Because immediate response is required,
protective clothing or OBAs arent donned. If they are
unable to gain control of the casualty within a preset
time frame, a full IET or GQ team relieves them and
General Quarters (GQ)
General quarters is an all hands evolution. It is the
highest state of readiness of the ship, and all repair
lockers are manned and fully equipped to combat
casualties. When responding to GQ, all hands adjust
their clothing to battle dress and proceed to their GQ
Battle dressBottom of pants tucked into boots or
socks, long sleeves pulled down and buttoned, top
button on shirt buttoned, and flash hood and gloves
donned. All exposed skin covered.
GQ routeMove forward in passageways and up
ladders on starboard side, move aft in passageways and
down ladders on port side. Since all hands will be
moving at the same time, you have to move with the
flow of traffic.
DAMAGE CONTROL LOCKERS
The equipment and materials required for making
battle damage repairs vary according to the nature of the
damage. Since many different kinds of damage can
occur aboard ship, you must know how to use a variety
of equipment and materials.
Checks should be made to see that all damage
control equipment tools and materials on the allowance
list are actually on board and in working order.
Comparing the ships allowance list with an accurate
and up-to-date inventory of onboard damage control
equipment does that.
Damage control equipment should be stowed or
installed in its designated location and be readily
accessible. Emergencies can be handled much more
effectively if equipment is available than if you have to
waste time looking for it.
Damage control equipment must not be used for
any purpose other than damage control. Because
damage control equipment is located throughout the
ship, some people are tempted to use it merely because
it is handy. That must not be allowed. It is important to
make all hands realize their lives may literally depend
on the ready availability of damage control equipment if
an emergency should arise.
REVIEW 2 QUESTIONS
Q1. When does the battle phase of damage control