Q2. What is the most available heat-removing agent
for shipboard use?
Q3. AFFF was developed to combat what class of
is the primary agent to disrupt the fire
triangle of what class fire?
Q5. What is an effective agent against a class D fire?
DAMAGE CONTROL EQUIPMENT
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Identify the portable equipment and fixed
systems that make up the shipboard inventory of
As youve learned in this chapter, damage control is
an all hands job. The time it takes to get a fire or flooding
under control is vital. You should become familiar with
the portable equipment and fixed systems that make up
your ship inventory of protection equipment. Because
of the large amount of explosives, fuels, and other
flammable materials aboard ship, you must know where
equipment is located and how to use it before an
Knowing where equipment is and how to use it
applies not only to firefighting equipment but also the
equipment used for flooding or CBR protection. The
equipment and its storage location varies from ship to
ship, so you must know your ship.
You may find yourself the first person on the scene,
so knowing the basic rules of damage control and
equipment usage may make the difference in the loss of
many spaces or a shipmates life. Perhaps you will be
called to serve on a fire party or flooding detail. As a
team member, keep in mind, the lack of equipment and
procedures could result in a disastrous outcome.
Figures 12-10 through 12-15 show some examples
of the equipment thats common to all ships. These
figures show only a small amount of what youll find in
a ships repair locker.
THE FIREFIGHTER ENSEMBLE
The firefighters ensemble (fig. 12-10) is used to
protect the firefighter from short duration flame (flash)
exposure, heat, and falling debris.
Figure 12-10.Firefighters ensemble.