Table 1-2.--Types of Fire Extinguishers
fire department; if afloat, inform the officer of
the deck. Give the location of the fire and state
what is burning. If possible, report the extent of
the fire; that is, what its effects are upon the
3. Secure all ventilation by closing compartment
air vents or windows.
4. Attack the fire with portable CO2 extinguishers
(or a CO2 hose reel system, if available) as
Remove the locking pin from the release
Grasp the horn handle by the insulated
(thermal) grip (the grip is insulated against
Squeeze the release lever (or turn the wheel)
to open the valve and release the carbon
dioxide. At the same time, direct the discharge
flow of the carbon dioxide toward the base of
Aim and move the horn of the extinguisher
slowly from side to side.
Don't stop the discharge from the extinguisher
t o o s o o n . When the fire has been
extinguished, coat the critical surface areas
involved with carbon dioxide "snow" to cool
the substances (fuels) involved and prevent a
rekindling of the fire.
Don't lose positive control of the CO2 bottle.
As a repair party electrician, you maybe directed to
perform various tasks if battle damage occurs. These
tasks could range from donning an OBA to being a
stretcher bearer. Your primary responsibilities,
Fire extinguishers of the proper type must be
however, will be those tasks in your rating.
conveniently located near all equipment that is subject
to fire danger, especially high-voltage equipment. Be
You must be familiar with all electrical power
extremely careful when using fire-extinguishing
sources and distribution panels in your assigned repair
agents around electrical circuits. A stream of salt
party area. In the event of a free, the on-scene leader will
water or foam directed against an energized circuit can
decide whether or not to secure the power. If the word
conduct current and shock the fire fighters. The same
is passed to you to secure the power to a specific
danger is present, but to a lesser degree, when using
compartment or piece of equipment, do so quickly so
fresh water. Avoid prolonged exposure to high
the task of putting out the fire can be expedited.
concentrations of CO2 in confined spaces since there is
When general quarters (GQ) sounds, the crew will
danger of suffocation unless an oxygen breathing
proceed to GQ stations and set material condition Zebra.
apparatus (OBA) is used.
After Zebra is set, you must report to your repair party
leader for muster and wait for further instructions. By
Look at table 1-2, which contains a list of the types
of fire extinguishers that are normally available for use.
this time the repair locker should be opened, and you