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Fire Marshal Tip 002
Duty Fire Marshal Daily Duties and Functions

The following information applies to all duty fire marshals. It is not all inclusive, and personnel are required to familiarize themselves with the requirements of NWP 3-20.31, CNAP Repair Party Manual, various NSTMs, the Engineering Department Organization and Regulations Manual (EDORM) and the ship's Standard Organization and Regulations Manual (SORM).

As a duty fire marshal, you are responsible to learn and understand the ship's firemain, drainage and AFFF Systems. You in effect become the resident expert in all matters for these systems on your duty day. You shall review the Toxic Gas and Hazardous Material Response Bills and the Main Space Fire Doctrine, as they apply to you in your duties as fire marshal.

  1. You shall tour the ship for fire and flooding hazards, noting them on the daily fire marshal report and contacting the owning department/division to ensure timely corrective action is taken. In all cases, fire hazards must be taken care of immediately. No exceptions! At a minimum, the tour will include all flammable storerooms, JP-5 pumprooms, reactor spaces, engineering spaces and DC & R division spaces.
  2. During your rounds, pay particular attention to portable and installed damage control equipment, fire hazards, safety hazards and general housekeeping.
  3. You are responsible to muster the inport emergency team at 0830 (normal workdays) and 0715 on weekends (holidays). The duty fire marshal (from the same duty section) and Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) will muster with the IET and the drill for the day will be planned at that time. It is your responsibility to contact the ship's fire marshal if there are no DCTT members at the muster. You are responsible to conduct all inport training at 1500 in the DC classroom.
  4. For any emergency that involves fire or serious flooding, contact the ship's fire marshal by phone or beeper as listed in the recall listing (also listed in the front of the fire marshal notebook). If unable to locate the fire marshal, contact the ADCA or DCA, in that order. If it is suspected that the fire was arson, have the area secured and a watch posted until such time as all findings and evidence can be gathered.
  5. Normally no member of the fire party will be allowed to leave the ship. Exceptions can be made, for emergent conditions, with a qualified relief.
  6. Only a qualified gas free engineer or GFEA is authorized to perform gas free engineering. They must ensure only qualified personnel perform void opening and all precautions are taken prior to entry in to closed tanks and voids. Only the Commanding Officer can authorize entry into immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) spaces. JP-5 and CHT tanks are ALWAYS considered IDLH. When in doubt, stop and get some help!
  7. Hot work requests must be properly investigated and authorized prior to issuance. Ensure you are aware of all hot work in progress and the times required for update/recertification.
  8. Turn over will occur PRIOR to the daily muster. The off-going duty fire marshal will prepare a turnover sheet with all attachments for training, drills, reports and evolutions. The on-coming duty fire marshal will verify the status of all DC equipment and systems with the DCWS prior to assuming the watch. The off-going and on-coming fire marshals will review all turnover items identified on the turnover sheet.

Ship Walk Thru: Duty fire marshals are to conduct tour of entire ship and be aware of all cold and hot work in progress and ensure chits are posted. On several occasions I have questioned duty fire marshals about work going on in a certain area and didn’t receive the appropriate response.

Fire Party Muster: Duty fire marshals are to show up at all musters and ensure the scene leader has qualified fire party, personnel have long sleeves and flash gear on person. (Including scene leaders and fire marshals). Muster sheets for fire parties are on the “S” drive. Click fire marshal folder then click 2002 POM IET folder.

Fire Party Training: Ensure training is conducted at 1500 daily in DC classroom. Have training topic brief prepared so you don’t have to shoot from the cuff.

Duty Fire Marshal Reports: These reports are not an option! Ensure the following are conducted and forwarded to ship’s fire marshal NLT 0900 following your duty day.

  • F/M turnover sheet to include all ongoing hot and cold work, gas free certificates and opened tanks.
  • Duty section IET training muster sheet.
  • Drill critique sheet.
  • All off-going DC logs (DCSSP, Yoke, Exemption pages).

Notifications of Casualties: Call the fire marshal and cognizant divisional CPO. The fire marshal can never be overly informed, and is often underinformed. Call and leave a message on either the home phone or fire marshal cell phone; these numbers are located in the back of the fire marshal notebook in the DC office.

GFE Log: When gas frees are conducted, paperwork must be filled out. The duty fire marshal must ensure re-certifications for GFA are conducted IAW NSTM 074.

Daily Drills (exception of Sundays): Follow training plan in fire marshal notebook. (Solicit inputs) Coordinate between Assistant Command Duty Officer (ACDO) and Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) or EDO/Command Duty Officer (CDO) on when drill will take place for your duty day. If you have problems feel free to call me. Ensure DCTT are assigned and observe the drill. Fill out training muster sheets and drill critique and turn in to fire marshal prior to 0900 the following morning.

Hot work continuation sheets must be authorized to eliminate work stoppage for contractors. Off-going fire marshals inspect work sites and sign continuation sheets prior to turnover.