Week 3: PSSR & FPBF

Monday, September 25th, 2006 at 17:09 | by Alistair Baillie

Well good evening, today we had Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities which was a half day short course covering the do’s and don’ts onboard ship. It basically comes down to don’t drink, don’t do drugs and don’t do anything stupid. It covered the different emergency signals, use of personal protective equipment, the value of conducting training and emergency drills onboard ship and the dangers of entering enclosed spaces.

It lasted most of the morning, and was followed in the afternoon by Fire Prevention and Basic Fire Fighting which is a 2 1/2 day course covering the basics of fire prevention and fire fighting.

This afternoon was spent learning about the Fire Triangle, and the various different ways of stopping a fire, how fire spreads onboard ship from compartment to compartment. We also quickly brushed over the different systems onboard ships to fight and prevent fire from spreading. It ended with us watching a video showing how quickly fire spreads in enclosed spaces and with the lecturer showing us pictures of the Star Princess and explaining how the fire probably spread through the ship and how it started.

Last night someone managed to set the fire alarm off in the Shackleton accommodation block so we all had to traipse outside at around 2340 where we stood for ages until the fire brigade arrived and the security guard worked out how to turn off the alarm – its good to know that if there’s a fire at the weekend its up to us to make sure we are all accounted for as there’s no one present to do a roll call.

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