“Every sailor is a firefighter.”
That quote is part of a sailor’s lexicon from the beginning. Some, such as myself, have firefighting related tasks as part of their rate. At this point in my career, I am expected to be able to boil down technicalities to bite size bits for the novice. I have develped a few basic firefighting rules for newbies, some have been borrowed from my teachers.
- Find it hot, leave it wet. If it’s wet its not burning.
- Make a big hole a small hole by jamming crap into it.
- Take your time, but quickly.
- Don’t be a hero. John Wayne is dead.
- Ship comes before mate for a reason.
These are the ones I remember off hand.