1. Fire is the seafarers worst fear which is why significant effort and energy must go into implementing an effective prevention strategy which is understood across all areas of the vessel and Company.
  2. The vessel has inherent protective measures that are there to safeguard the vessel, crew and passengers BUT they only function when they operate effectively so maintenance and routine checks are vital parts of life onboard a vessel.
  3. Firefighting on a vessel at sea is an incredibly arduous and complex activity that requires very high levels of command and control to ensure activity is coordinated and effective.
  4. Without a PLAN you are unlikely to succeed so make sure your vessel has a tried and tested emergency response plan with clear strategic and tactical objectives.
  5. A ship has many complex operating systems which all need to be considered as part of your firefighting strategy and tactics.
  6. Firefighting is inherently a hazardous activity so don’t underestimate the importance of understanding the risks involved both at a strategic Corporate level and at an operational individual level.
  7. Training will give you a really good underpinning knowledge of the theory of fire and firefighting that will greatly assist your decision making process.
  8. One thing you cannot manufacture is experience so be prepared to seek external support and guidance from others who have been in your situation before.