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Vital tips 2

Here are more vital tips for fire prevention: 1. Store dirty rags with oil or paint in closed metal containers until you dispose of them. 2. Check that wiring is properly secured and protected from chafing. 3. Keep flammable liquids in their...

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Fire triangle

In order to understand how to extinguish a fire, you should first of all know something about the causes. For a fire to burn, three elements must be present at the same time. These three elements are: Fuel heat and oxygen. Let’s have a...

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Classes of fire

In order to extinguish a fire properly, you have to understand the materials that are burning. A fire involving wood must be handled differently than a fire involving petrol. Therefore fire is divided into 6 classes: Class “A” fires...

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Using an extinguisher 1

It is of utmost importance that you use an extinguisher only for the class of fire it is approved for! Using the wrong fire extinguisher could cause a greater problem, such as spreading the fire further afield. Or, using the wrong type of...

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Using an extinguisher 2

When all conditions are met for using a fire extinguisher remember the achronim PASS PASS stands for pull, aim, squeeze and sweep. Pull – first pull the pin so that the operating leaver can be unlocked Aim – aim the discharging nozzle...

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How to use fire blanket

Fire blankets are made of fire resistant materials. They are especially useful for putting out galley pan fires or for wrapping a person whose clothing is on fire. A fire blanket should be mounted close to the galley, but not in the galley, so it...

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Introduction

Each crew member should have his own safety harness on board. A safety harness is a device that prevents falling overboard. You can purchase them singly or in combination with a lifejacket. Some oilskins are nowadays equipped with a safety...

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Immersion suit

Immersion suits are made of neoprene and can significantly increase survival time in cold water. They should be equiped with following items: retroreflective tape, face-shield, zipper toggle, waterproof zipper, air bladder, air hose, personal...

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Use of immersion suit

To become familiar with your Immersion Suit you sould wear it in the water where your feet can still reach the bottom! The easiest way to get in an immersion suit is: 1. Take the suit out of the storage bag; 2. Roll it out and sit on it; 3...

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Immersion suit inspection

To keep your immersion suit in good working condition, you should perform routine inspection every 6 months. This inspection should include the following: 1. Take the suit out, unroll it and ventilate it for 24 hours; 2. Check the inflation hose...

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Immersion suit storing

After the inspection store the suit in its own bag. Easiest way to do this is as follows: 1. Lay your suit on the floor with the zipper open, then roll the suit up from bottom to top, fold up the arms and the suit can be inserted into the storage...

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Maintenance

After you used the suit in the water rinse it firmly inside and out, remove any grease or oil with mild soap and let it dry completly. Dont dry your suit in direct sunlight or near a radiator, because the neoprene material becomes brittle! When...

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Vital preparations and checks 1

Helicopters are frequently used for Search and Rescue operations. It is important that you strictly follow the instruction of the helicopter crew, as they know when and how a rescue is safely and efficiently performed. To facilitate the rescue...

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Rescue techniques 1

The rescue might take place either from the boat, from a dinghy or life raft, or from the water. If the rescue takes place from a dinghy or life raft, connect it with a 30 meter (100 foot) rope to the boat and let it drift astern. Put only one...

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Rescue techniques 2

The the rescue crew will lower a lifting strop, or if the situation allows, a winchman will be lowered to assist the survivors. If a dinghy or a life raft is not available, or the sea condition is very rough, the rescue will be carried out in the...

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Rescue techniques 3

The Hi-Line technique is used when it is too dangerous to lower the helicopter winchman directly on board. In this case, the helicopter crew lowers a weighted line down to a crew member. The sails should be lowered and any loose gear should be...

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