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Damage control.

MMC (SS) Fannin

Drills are a part of a Sailor's life and we have a tendency to take them for granted. Everyone knows to sanitize an EAB mask after each drill, but some are unaware that each SCBA mask and second stage regulator, pressurized fire hose, and thermal imagers require post drill use PMS. Post drill day PMS can take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete, it is the responsibility of the Damage Control Petty Officer and Damage Control Assistant to ensure the chain of command is aware of the amount of man hours required for each drill.

Most boats have received the Battelle lithium hydroxide (LiOH) curtain A&I, but may not have completed training on the proper use of this new survival equipment or completed the annual curtain inspection. Proper storage of the LiOH curtains is key to maintaining package integrity as the packaging can be ripped easily. MIP 5940/001, MRC A-1 provides inspection procedures for the LiOH curtain kits and MIP 5940/001, MRC U-1 provides a repair procedure for torn kits.

INSURV inspections and Safety Surveys continue to find SCBAs which have the old style face piece. The old-style face piece is susceptible to cracking where the second stage regulator is inserted into the face piece. NAVSURFWARCEN PANAMA CITY FL MESSAGE 121457ZMAR03 provides directions on how to order the replacement face pieces. A copy of this message is available on the NAVSEA damage control website WWW.DCFP.NAVY.MIL. More information about the face pieces, including how to determine which style you have (old or new) can be found in MIP 5519/016, MRC M-1 and at the NAVSEA damage control website. Go to WWW.DCFP.NAVY.MIL and look for SCBA tip 012 and tip 025 (these tips are located by selecting "Equipment and Systems" and then selecting "Self Contained Breathing Apparatus/Index" links).

Submarines with effective damage control programs provide command level support for the DCPO, recognize the time and effort involved and importance of post drill situational PMS. Successful ship's DCPOs supervise and support divisional DCPOs through hands on training, monitoring during the completion of regular and situational DC equipment PMS. Additionally, the best practice programs include regularly scheduled divisional DCPO training, Damage control GMT, lessons learned and EDC1 equipment spot checks by senior members of the chain of command.

As an update to the flash article that was published Jul-Sept 08 on SCBA repairs. The web site that was listed in the flash has now changed to http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/regs/spa/ approvals/cylinders.

If you have any questions about these items or ideas for items to be submitted for the next FLASH, feel free to call or e-mail me using the contact information listed in FLASH.
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Title Annotation:Warnings, Cautions and Notes
Publication:FLASH
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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