Damage Control Training

“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.


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