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Fire Marshal Tip 001

Fire Marshal Definition
The fire marshal (FM) is designated to aid the damage control assistant (DCA) in the prevention and the fighting of fires (NSTM 555 Volume 1, Surface Ship Firefighting). To accomplish this, he or she must be thoroughly familiar with the ship plans, compartmentation, shipboard work packages and projects, and always looking for potential dangers within the ship. The fire marshal normally serves as the ship’s gas free engineer. Duty fire marshals are assistant fire marshals that are appointed for each inport duty section and while underway to perform the same function. The fire marshal will be free of all other duties that would inhibit responding instantaneously to emergencies.
Duties, responsibilities, and authority. The fire marshal will:
Conduct frequent inspections throughout the ship, paying particular attention to:
Housekeeping as it affects fire prevention (e.g., trash, receptacle covers, storeroom stowage, elimination of accumulated flammable materials).
Firefighting equipment for missing items, condition of hoses, proper wrenches, nozzles, etc.
Fire safety precautions properly posted, up-to-date and complete.
Flammable liquids properly stowed, with adequate protection (carbon dioxide, dry chemicals), with remote devices on storerooms, alarms, etc.
Smoking regulations posted, signs posted and enforcement.
Welding/burning, gas free and/or hot work certificates issued properly. Ensure fire watch indoctrination assignments are made and posted, and that welding and burning leads or hoses are properly run and protected. Ensure adequate ventilation is installed.
Stowage of compressed gases is secure, with tight connection and proper cap covers in place.
Fume and spray tight light covers installed with proper gasket, properly situated and adequate.
Grease filter/trap installed (in use) and clean, and cleaning schedules followed.
Ventilation/air conditioning ducts clean, inspection covers in place and draft gauges operative.
Material condition properly set to resist the spread of fire or flooding.
Report fire hazards and make recommendations for correction. Immediate steps should be taken to eliminate hazards resulting from poor housekeeping, welding or burning, smoking and equipment deficiencies. Submit discrepancy reports to the DCA, with copies for the Executive Officer and appropriate heads of departments. Conduct follow-up inspections to ensure compliance.
Report to the scene of any fire as the leader of the rapid response team. Be in charge at the scene until relieved by the scene leader and keep the DCA informed of the status.
Prior to regular/interim overhauls and availabilities, assist the Fire Watch Division Officer, when assigned, in organization and training of the fire watch division.
Be a primary member of DCTT, conduct training for repair lockers, fire teams, and departmental DCPOs stressing fire hazard consciousness.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Organizational relationships
The fire marshal reports to the DCA.
The following report to the fire marshal:
All duty fire marshals.
Specific assistants assigned by the DCA.
The fire marshal coordinates with:
The ship's safety officer.
The DCA, for training of assistant fire marshals, inport emergency teams, R&A detail, and fire prevention training for damage control petty officers.