Fighting Fire on Board (1)

Of all disasters that can happen to a vessel at sea, fire is one of the most devasting. Marine fire incidents are very destructive and have been responsible for the loss of many lives. Ship fires are second only to shipwrecks when calculating casualities and total loss.

It can often be a single careless act that edangers the lives of all the crew. that is why every member of the crew has a part to play in preventing fires. This aplies not only to fire-fighting methods. There are a number of precautions crew members can take on a day-to-day basis to make the ship a safer place and prevent the break-out of fires. The main danger spots are machinery, galleys, accomodation and cargo spaces.

- Careless smoking is a common cause of fire on ships. Always put out cigarettes completely. Smoking and non-smoking areas must be clearly defined. Comply with no-smoking signs. No one should be allowed to smoke in a ship's hold or the engine-room.

- Cleanliness is important in all parts of the ship. Do not allow flammable waste to pile up or accumulate. This is a special risk in the engine room, where heated parts of the engine may give off sparks ingniting surrounding materials and where dirt, grease, raqs and cotton waste mights easily self-ignite, if they come in contact with each other.

- Keep oil away from hot surfaces which might ignite it - check that all feed pipes and joints are in good condition. Be careful when pumping oil to ready-use tanks - avid spillage or overflow which could lead to fire.

Survival in an EMERGENCY

Every crew member has their own specific duties, and when the alarm goes everyoane immediately rushes to their station to carry out their tasks. All the rescu equipment on board has to fulfil the rules and regulations given in the SOLAS , The Convention for Safety of Life at Sea.
Evacuation and roll call:

- Evacuate all decks, rooms and space and report!
- All rooms, deck and spaces evacuated.

- Assembly station 1. This is Bridge. Report on number of crew at assembly station!
- Bridge. This is Assembly station 1. Number of crew members at station is not yet complete.

- Assembly station 1. This is Bridge. Search for missing crew member and report!
- Bridge. Assembly station 1. Missed crew member recovered.

Abandoning Vessel

- Lifeboatmen! Chech the outfit of crew members at assembly stations and report!
- Outfit of crew is complete.

- Put on warm clothing - long trousers, head covering and report. Crew! Follow the lifeboatmen to the lifeboat stations and life-raft stations on the embarkation deck.
- Swing out number 1 and 2 lifeboats and report.
- Number 1 and 2 lifeboats swung out.

- Lower number 1 and 2 lifeboats alongside the embarkation deck. Enter the lifeboats via the deck. Hold on to your seats while launching.

- Throw overboard life-raft and report!
- Life-raft thrown overboard.

- Enter the life-rafts via the slides, ladder, nets and manropes. Jump onto the life-raft alongside the vessel. Clear the entranceof the life-raft. Jump into the water and enter the life-rafts. Assist helpless people. Sit down in the life-rafts immediately.

- Report on number of injured persons!
- No persons unjured

- Let go sea anchor and report!
- Sea achor is let go.

- Fire rockets for identification

- Connect the life-boats and rafts with lines and report!
- Life-rafts and lifeboats connected

Excuse the people from this picture but they are just training :D I also tried this method and it's very hard to go up in the raft.