DVIDS – News – Submarine Group Ten organizes symposium on firefighting on board ships


Leaders from across the Navy and Submarine Forces Emergency Response Teams gathered for a first-ever symposium to discuss expectations for integrating firefighting teams across forces of the ship, federal firefighters and mutual aid provided by local firefighting partners during an event hosted by Commander, Submarine Group 10 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., 23-25 March.

The U.S. Navy Base Fire Chiefs panel represented the full spectrum in terms of the number of Sailors available to augment their firefighting efforts, but they all shared a common goal: to respond quickly and effectively to major fires in the port on board the submarines. This symposium provided an opportunity to discuss and assess local capacities in Kings Bay, as well as share lessons learned, best practices and provide corporate recommendations to further improve fire fighting capacity.

Although he was unable to attend the symposium in person, Sub Group Ten Commander Rear Admiral John Spencer addressed the group in a pre-recorded video message.

“I believe, and I suspect you share this belief, that the most important part of effective firefighting is the men and women who react to actually fight that victim,” Spencer said. “For us, and for the team that is assembled here, it is an integrated effort between sailors and the Federal Fire Service – an integrated effort that must be well executed and well rehearsed so that when that bad day happens and whether we actually have to fight a fire, we are an effective team.

The lineup of fire chiefs included representatives from the Kings Bay Naval Sub Base, as well as other naval submarine bases and Navy regions across the country. 20th Sub Squadron Master Chief Josh Williams led the event.

“The symposium went better than I could have hoped for,” said Williams. “The positive energy of the fire chiefs and their willingness to share and learn from each other made this event a truly rewarding event. Williams explained that one of the most important aspects of the symposium was “to hear firsthand the challenges facing the USS Bonhomme Richard.” These first-hand testimonials from the fire chiefs who led these incidents were phenomenal and it was especially powerful to have Regional Fire Chief Chris Connelly join us via virtual teleconference to deliver this brief because he was there to help. real event, which made his contribution invaluable. On top of that, we had District Fire Chief Glenn Whitehouse from the Portsmouth Shipyard here to provide his first hand testimony on the USS Miami fire extinguishing.

District 2 Fire Chief for Northwest Navy Region Commander David Michaelsen came from Washington state to participate in the discussions on fighting the fires.

“The most valuable aspect of this fire symposium was to understand the obstacles encountered during integrated shipboard fire training, drills, emergencies and successful solutions from emergency services from other facilities to improve best practices, exercise performance and emergency response capabilities. Michaelsen said. He continued, “The fire response manuals and instructions have recently been revised, making this event a timely opportunity to compare installation response practices and collectively develop improvements in fire training, integration of naval force, fire and emergency services, mutual aid and preparations for prolonged casualties.

Although no changes were identified for immediate action, there may be future changes as a result of the symposium. “There are several areas that are under closer scrutiny, such as training and equipment,” Williams said.

Michaelsen said it would be beneficial to make the symposium a recurring event. “I see value as a method of continuous improvement, including learning the status of new initiatives, such as using live-fire trainers to improve the training of 8010 [Navy fire prevention and response guidance] integration components.

“All of the attendees have said they would like to see this as an annual event planned for the future,” added Williams.

Date taken: 04/27/2021
Date posted: 27.04.2021 09:00
Story ID: 394866
Site: KINGS BAY, Georgia, United States

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