The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) was selected by the US Navy to provide critical firefighting and damage control training to Navy and Coast Guard sailors stationed in the region of Seattle, Washington. Training standards require all mariners to be prepared to fight fires or floods at all times, whether at sea or in port. The Pacific Northwest is the only part of the world where the Navy subcontracts this type of training to a civilian fire school.
The MITAGS trainer, named M / V Fire Dragon, was designed and built for the sole purpose of helping sailors practice the skills essential to controlling fires and managing flooding on board ships. Live exercises take place in a number of interior compartments that mimic the conditions encountered aboard military ships – engine rooms, pump rooms, galley and living quarters.
In preparation for this new contract, the structure benefited from several technological and capacity developments. The Fire Dragon can now support scenarios that simultaneously combine multi-compartment fires with ruptured pipes, hull holes, and weakened doors, hatches and bulkheads.
MITAGS ‘Director of Business Development, Captain Jon Kjaerulff, who oversees the implementation of the contract, said: “We are very pleased with this opportunity to serve our members of the Pacific Northwest Navy service and Coast Guard, and to provide quality training to help keep them safe.Kjaerulff, himself a Navy veteran, points out that many of the instructors who teach these programs have also served in the military. “It is our honor to serve the men and women who serve on the front lines of freedom,” he said.
MITAGS has been awarded a five-year contract, with training to begin in January 2022. This is the largest single contract won by MITAGS in over 40 years of existence, resulting in the creation of eight new full time jobs. In addition, MITAGS is committed to using Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Veteran Owned Small Businesses with Disabilities, HUBZone Small Businesses, Underprivileged Small Businesses (including ANCs and Indian Tribes) and Small Business Owned to women as sub-contractors to help fill out the parts. of this contract.