Originally Posted by Bill Seal
Back in WWII, damage control were trained to put out fires.
When I went to USCG boot camp, we went to USN Treasure Island firefighting school
where we learned (first hand) how to put out fuel
fires with water
I guess nowadays, if they can't do it with a joy stick and touch screen
, they're SOL.
I think the damage control systems in place when USS Forrestal caught fire in 1967 were found wanting.
all the fire control people at the start...
'The United States Navy
uses the Forrestal fire and the lessons learned from it when teaching damage control and ammunition safety
. The flight-deck film of the flight operations, titled "Learn or Burn", became mandatory viewing for firefighting trainees. All new Navy
recruits are required to view a training video titled Trial by Fire: A Carrier Fights for Life, produced from footage of the fire and damage control efforts, both successful and unsuccessful.
Footage revealed that damage-control teams spraying firefighting foam on the deck
to smother the burning fuel
, which was the correct procedure, had their efforts negated by crewmen on the other side of the deck
spraying seawater, which washed the foam away. The sea water
worsened the situation by washing
burning fuel through the holes in the flight deck and into the decks below. In response, a "wash down" system, which floods the flight deck with foam or water, was incorporated into all carriers, with the first being installed aboard Franklin D. Roosevelt during her 1968–1969 refit
. Many other fire-safety improvements also stemmed from this incident.
Due to the first bomb blast, which killed nearly all of the trained firefighters on the ship, the remaining crew, who had no formal firefighting training, were forced to improvise.
There is a very good youtube vid out there somewhere..