Better Equipment Maintenance and Personnel Training Needed To Improve Firefighting Capability on Navy Ships

PSAD-79-6: Published: Jan 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 1979.

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Fires which reduce mission performance and are tragic and costly continue to present a problem for Navy ships, particularly on aircraft carriers.

Effective firefighting is a combination of good equipment and trained personnel, and deficiencies currently exist in both of these areas. Firefighting equipment on aircraft carriers is poorly maintained in many instances and therefore, does not function properly. Two Factors contribute to this: a lack of personnel trained in maintenance and a need for better trained firefighters. Several weaknesses in the fleet's shore-based training program were identified: (1) firefighting schools cannot meet the fleet's training demands, (2) no formal selection procedures exist for fulfilling training slots, and (3) quality of training may be declining.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should take appropriate action to ensure that: (1) fire fighting equipment on aircraft carriers is adequately maintained and in good operating condition, (2) personnel are adequately trained to maintain new firefighting systems, (3) fleet procedures for selecting personnel to attend firefighting training courses are improved, (4) all personnel assigned to firefighting teams complete one of the advanced training courses as soon as possible, and (5) firefighting training schools have enough training slots to meet the fleet's essential requirements.

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