Firefighting

Ventilation and Rescue on Ships

Issue 11 and Volume 172.

By Maryon J. Williams Jr. Scenario: “Man is unconscious, possibly overcome with fumes, in forward emergency fire pump room. Enter hatch deck B forward starboard.” That was the training drill scenario on a ship like the one in Figure 1. The rescue team used the ship for a training exercise but did not intend to address issues unique to ships. Nevertheless, the drill served as a learning experience. Ship Nomenclature The first consideration for this rescue is the ship’s layout. On most ships, the uppermost deck that covers the length of the ship is called the “upper deck” or the “main deck.” Decks above that are in the house of the ship, which includes accommodations, offices, and the bridge; they are sometimes labeled 01, 02, 03 or A, B, C and so on. Below the main deck, decks are sometimes labeled 1, 2, 3 or A, B, C and so…

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