clean section. This prevents recontamination of
personnel and ship locations. If possible, the unclean
and clean sections have separate access routes or
entrances. The decontamination station provides
showers with warm water (if possible); cleansing
agents, such as ear syringes and eye bath cups; hair and
nail clippers; scissors; surgeons hand soap; towels;
and brushes. Radiation instruments for monitoring
personnel and clothing and supplies of clean clothing
are on hand at each station.
A decontamination (decon) station should be
about 8 feet by 9 feet. It should have an entrance from
the outside and an exit into an uncontaminated area
near the showers. If exposed to contamination, you
should use proper decontamination procedures. Do not
remove your mask until a monitor tells you it is safe to
do so. In general, personnel decontamination does not
take priority over urgent battle requirements, but it
should be accomplished as soon as possible. The
following is a list of decontamination procedures:
Remove rain gear and battle dress just outside
the decon station. Place it in the trash cans, bags, or
other storage provided. Now you will be monitored for
contamination. If there is no contamination, go to an
uncontaminated space through another route. If there is
contamination, go through the process described in
paragraphs 2 through 5 below.
Enter the first part of the decon station in pairs.
Use the buddy system to do gross decon of masks and
gloves with the M258A1 personnel decon kits. Decon
boots by immersing them in the 2- by 2- by 6-inch pans
filled with a 9 percent high test hypochlorite (HTH) and
Move to the second part of the decon station
where attendants will cut away your smock and help
remove your trousers and boots. Place the contaminated
clothing in trash bags for disposal.
Move to the showers, soap and wash your
entire body thoroughly, and rinse well. Pay special
attention to fingernails, hairy parts of the body, and
hidden parts where contamination tends to concentrate.
You are now ready to enter the clean part of the
ship where you will put on new clothing. Before you
enter the clean area, a monitor with a long-range radiac
will check to ensure that you no longer carry
contamination. Turn over your DT-60 dosimeter to this
monitor. The monitor will take the readings and enter
them in the log. You will be told if you can remove your
DAMAGE CONTROL PETTY OFFICER
Learning Objectives: Recall the procedures for making
damage control closure log entries. Recall the procedures
for maintaining damage control fittings and equipment.
The safety of the ship and its crew is of utmost
importance in carrying out the commands mission. The
damage control organization plays a critical part in
ensuring this safety function. An essential person
assigned the responsibilities to oversee the material
condition of areas of damage control at the division level
and upward throughout the chain of command is the
Damage Control Petty Officer (DCPO). These
responsibilities maybe assigned as a Divisional Damage
Control Petty Officer (DDCPO) and you should know
them or a Divisional Damage Control Petty Officer
(Duty) when you may have to perform them.
A petty officer who has completed his or her
personnel qualifications standards (PQS) can be
designated as the DCPO in each work center based on
type commanders (TYCOM) instructions. Division
officers nominate DCPOs and duty DCPOs for
endorsement by the chain of command. The executive
officer gives the final approval for nomination,
replacement, and rotation of all DCPOs. DCPOs
normally serve for a period of 6 months. They check in
with the fire marshal and damage control assistant
(DCA) when first assigned to or relieved from this duty.
Two specific responsibilities of the DCPOs and
duty DCPOs are making damage control closure log
entries and maintaining damage control fittings and
equipment. The following information pertains to the
performance of these duties.
Each decontamination station is divided into
how many parts?