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Small Boat and Marina Fires
Almost every area in the country will have a marina or some body of water on which pleasure craft pass. Fires on a pleasure craft, whether underway or in a marina, will pose special challenges and hazards to the Land Based Firefighter. How will you get to this boat on fire? Should you get to the boat on fire? We will look at fires in both covered marinas (photo right) and open marinas.
This seminar begins with a classroom session in which we will view videos and examine case studies of actual marina fires to determine what could have been done differently and what tactics proved worthwhile. We will look at features found in all marinas which could either help you or hurt you during a fire operation.
Tom Guldner (photo left) has over 32-years experience with the FDNY and over 14-years instructing Firefighters and Mariners in all aspects of marine fires and emergencies. His lectures are both entertaining and informative.
We will also look at individual boat fires both while the boat is underway and while at anchor. Next we will discuss the tactics needed to safely handle these incidents. Finally, you will get to see portable fire pumps and small Fireboats. We will discuss how they are equipped and operated.
After the classroom session we apply some "hands on" experience as we walk through a local marina. We will see the safety information and walk through the pre-fire-plan information that had been brought out during the lecture segment. And, we will see it at a marina you would respond to.
As you tour your marina we will point out features which will help your fire operation, like water supplies and assembly areas, and we will also point out features that can hurt your fire operation, such as a marina fuel tank.
Just because you don't see a large gasoline or diesel tank it doesn't mean that there isn't one. In the photo on the left Tom Guldner is pointing out the access plates for an underground fuel tank. They are often unmarked and sometimes obstructed.
Here Tom Guldner discusses electrical hazards which may effect your Firefighters. Adding electricity to water is a recipe for disaster. Many marinas are well set up with signs and directions posted. Many are not. (Right) Tom discusses how the electricity must be shut to any dock affected by fire on which your Firefighters may be working. It's not always as easy and straight forward as shown. Sometimes you will have to search for the shut off and sometimes there may be more than one. The time to find out about that is BEFORE the fire. Training and pre-fire plans are a must for EVERY marina in your district. (Full day) e-mail MarineFires@aol.com
Small Fireboat Operations at Fires and Emergencies
This seminar is designed to address some of the hazards and operating techniques of handling a small fireboat responding to and operating at marine fires and emergencies. We will also discuss some of the "tricks of the trade" that can help you handle your fireboat in common tasks as well as in emergency situations. This is NOT designed as a basic boating class and it would be expected that anyone taking this seminar had already received some training in basic boating or would have some previous boating experience.
Types of boats and hull configurations can effect the operations of your boat. Holding your boat "on station" while pumping from 200 to 5,000 gallons per minute can be very challenging as well as dangerous. Operating your Fireboat near larger vessels requires knowledge and understanding of what those ships can do. Towing a disabled boat may pose problems that you never considered. How many lines (ropes) will be needed. You need some for docking your own boat but what about towing, dive operations, and other emergency situations. You may be responding to a fire on land in a remote area where your boat will be the only water available. How will you get that water to land based units. How about floating a supply line into the shore?
Your Fire Department has done the right thing in providing a Fireboat. However, without the information on how to handle this valuable tool, it can quickly become a danger to your Firefighters as well as the people you are supposed to protect..
Many Departments requesting this program also opt for their own hands-on session in the afternoon. The fire boat(s) are brought out to a safe area where the operators can practice what they learned in the classroom.
Just operating the boats monitor and trying to hold your position (photo left), while the boat is not tied up, can prove to be a difficult task. Even boat operators with extensive boating experience are surprised at how difficult this task can be.
The back pressure of that bow monitor will try, and often succeed, in pushing your fireboat off station and possibly into a dangerous spin.
Control must be maintained of the boat and also the fire pump. If the boat starts moving uncontrollably you must be ready to shut down the water supply immediately to prevent injury and damage.
Some of the other skills learned in this hands-on training are towing (photo right), rescue a person in the water, supplying water to land-based operations and other operations which may be pertinent to your area.
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Commercial Fishing Boat Fires
--Every major port has a fleet of these important workhorses of the sea bringing your lobster or scallops for dinner. These boats are out there most days catching fish. But they can catch something else. They can catch FIRE. If they are at or near a dock when the fire starts, your land based fire department will be called in. Do your members know the many dangers aboard these vessels? Will this response be their first contact with this type of vessel? Are you aware that the same stability problems which account for many crew fatalities at sea will now be your problem? Are you ready? This presentation will also examine a CO2 operation at past fire aboard a fish processing vessel that had no fixed CO2 system! Full-day. E-mail for details.-----Photo right by ----> Kelly Fitzpatrick - Email MarineFires@aol.com
Click here or on the photo on left to see photos and read details of a recent full-day "Commercial Fishing Boat Seminar".
Ship Collision and Fire
June 16, 1966 would be a day the New York City Fire Department's Marine Division would never forget. The tanker Alva Cape, with 5,579,000 gallons of naphtha aboard, collided with the tanker Texaco Massachusetts, which had just unloaded her cargo of gasoline. The resulting explosion and fire would eventually snuff out the lives of 33 mariners and injure 64 others. Dramatic photos combined with an informative lecture of the fire and its aftermath are displayed in this multimedia presentation. Every port and commercial waterway has some form of tanker from oceangoing tank ships to fuel barges. Even tug boats carry as much as 100,000 gallons of fuel for their own consumption. E-mail for details
Ferries and Excursion Boat Fires & Emergencies
These vessels travel our harbors, rivers, and lakes either delivering commuters to and from work or tourists sightseeing those same waters. Some provide dinner, some provide music, dancing, and drinking, and some just provide the ride with whale watching or sightseeing.
This program looks at both of of these types of vessels. The first part deals with small ferry fires by using a previous fire as a case study and also looking at the training the MFI provided to both the firefighters and the boat crews after the fire.
The Fire Island Belle (Photo left) was traveling to Fire Island, NY with 100 passengers when fire broke out in the engine room.
We examine the operation with use of the actual NTSB report of the fire. We then look at the training we later provided to the local Fire Departments to help with these incidents in the future. (Tom Guldner gives a pre-drill briefing photo right.)
Search in a situation like this can be a difficult task. You may be operating blind in the heavy smoke and if you are not familiar with the layout of the vessel you will have to feel your way around.
We will also examine a drill and fire scenario run for the New York City Fire Department aboard the Dinner Cruise Vessel "Spirit of New York" (Photo left).
The drill evolved around an excursion vessel on fire in the middle of the Hudson River in New York City with 65 passengers and 5-crew members aboard. The engines failed due to the fire in the engine room which also spread to the galley. With no power the vessels Captain dropped his anchor and called for help.
Firefighting as well as search & rescue for missing passengers was carried out simultaneously and as the fire was knocked down the bulk of the passengers were led to a top deck where they would be safe. Injured victims were treated, and those more seriously injured were immediately removed to a hospital.
If you have any of theses vessels in your area why not have Marine Firefighting Inc. set up a training program for your Department. Don't expect your firefighters and fire officers to operate safely in an environment with which they are unfamiliar. If you do, you may be asking for some serious problems.
E-mail us today to set up this vital training for your members or to inquire about any of our other marine firefighting programs. E-mail MarineFires@aol.com
Ship Yard Fires
Fires involving ships in dry dock or under construction present the fire service with an extremely difficult task. This ship is considered a "Dead Ship" because it will have all of its systems non-operational. The vessels own fire pumps operate by sucking water from under the ship but there will be no water under this ship. Hopefully your Firefighters have already had our "Shipboard Firefighting seminar, but this will be different. No ships water and no ships power to operate watertight doors and ventilation.
This specialty training program incorporates the shipboard firefighting program as it relates to vessels in ship yards. The training uses photos of past shipyard fires and the March 20, 1998 fire in the bridge of the 300' research vessel "Ronald H. Brown", that was undergoing repairs in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City. (Photos left and right). It is presented along with an informative lecture on the problems encountered.
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Introduction to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
This training program covers the properties of this product which is recently being introduced to areas where it has never been before.
Marine Firefighting Inc. has been involved for over 10-years in training the tug boat crews who have dealt with LNG ships in the USA and Mexico. (See photo right)
LNG will be found in every coastal and river port in the very near future. All types of vessels will be using LNG as a fuel to run their engines and will also need refueling facilities all over the USA and Canada. Currently there are work boats, ferries, and a container ship under construction which will use LNG as a fuel
Your Department may have LNG powered vessels, refueling tanks and barges within your response area.
What is this strange liquid? What are its dangers? What can be done by local Fire Departments in the event of an LNG emergency? How can an LNG fire be extinguished? Should an LNG fire be extinguished?
We will cover all these questions and also show your personnel the new LNG technologies and the many new places you may find this super cold product. E-mail for details MarineFires@aol.com
Join me at the LNG Fuel Forum North America on March 13, 2015 at the The Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove, Miami, U.S.
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