• State the CG firefighting
• Identify the elements and
characteristics of a fire.
• Be able to properly
extinguish a fire using a
vari-nozzle and/or portable
Does the CG still fight fires?
Where can you find info on the CG’s
What is the CG’s firefighting policy?
What is FUEL?
A substance that will vaporize
What is HEAT?
To raise the temperature of fuel
vapor to its ignition temperature.
What is OXYGEN’s role?
Combines with fuel vapors.
Breathes life into the fire.
At least 15% is required for
What is CHEMICAL
When fuel, heat and oxygen
combine to form flaming
Cools fire Electrical
Unlimited supply hazard
Maximum reach Ineffectiveness
on class Bravo
Puts out fire by forming a barrier of foam on top of
Used primarily on Bravo fires.
Indefinite shelf life.
Environmental pollutant except when used during
HOW AFFF WORKS
Primarily used for class Bravo fires.
18lb ext. range 19 feet-10 sec min. discharge.
27lb ext. range 21 feet-11 sec min. discharge.
Corrosive to electrical equipment.
No cooling effect.
Primarily used on class Charlie
Effective range: 4 to 6 feet.
Minimal cooling effect.
Used in fixed systems
Harmful to ozone
Brief crew, COMMUNICATION.
Assign crew specific duties.
Establish comms with distressed vessel.
Approach upwind, do not tie any lines to
If no one on board, circle boat to search for
persons in water.
Advise all persons aboard to move to a
flame free, smoke free area, topside.
Attempt to determine the extent and
source of fire.
If fire is beyond the crew members fire
fighting capabilities, evacuate persons.
If fire is small and within crew
the victims to the rescue boat.
1. PRE-ARRIVAL PREPARATIONS
2. O/S EVALUATIONS AND PREPS
3. DEWATERING OPERATIONS
4. PLUGGING AND PATCHING
5. CREW TEAMWORK AND
1. Gather information
a. Postion of vessel in distress.
b. # of POB, in PFD’s
c. Nature of Distress
d. Amplifying information
e. Position of disabled vsl plotted on corrected chart.
2. Tracklines to postion of disabled vessel plotted.
3. Disabled vessel’s postion entered into GPS waypoint.
4. Energize all navigation equipment.
5. Energize nav lights and sound signals (if applicable)
O/S EVALS AND PREPARATIONS
1. Establish comms between disabled vessel and
2. Visually inspect and discuss current condition
with disabled vessel.
3. Coxn and crew discuss course of action.
4. Removal of POB evaluated and stated.
5. Dewatering capabilities of disabled vessel
6. Station advised (assistance requested if needed).
7. The level of risk associated with attempting to
dewater the disabled vessel stated.
8. Approach made to disabled vessel.
1. Appropriated dewatering device determined.
2. Disabled vessel briefed on dewatering intentions.
3. Equipment passed (if required)
4. De-watering device used properly
(Portable pump started within 6 pulls).
5. Dewatering done in a timely manner.
6. Determine if the flooding is controlled.
PLUGGING AND PATCHING
1. Source of flooding identified.
2. Proper materials used to reduce or stop flooding.
3. Flood watch set and maintained.
CREW TEAMWORK AND COORDINATION
1. Coxn briefed crew of specific job and mission responsibilities.
2. Crew communicated effectively and assertively during drill.
3. Crew assisted each other as needed.
4. Crew always aware of other’s location.
5. Coxn provided appropriate and timely guidance thru drill.
6. Crew safety and survival equipment properly worn.
7. Safety of vessel and crew not jeopardized.
8. Coxn kept station informed during evolution.