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Test #99-024, Rescue Davit System - Confined Space, Phase 1

DAMAGE CONTROL ENGINEERING TEST FACILITY

(DCETF)
NAVAL RESERVE CENTER, BALTIMORE
TEST DATA

TEST NUMBER: 99-024 DATE: 5 August 1999
TEST TITLE: RESCUE DAVIT SYSTEM CONFINED SPACE, Phase 1
RESULTS: The RESCUE DAVIT SYSTEM/Beam Clamp was set up in compartment A-2 and Topside above E-2 Escape Trunk. Two sizes of Beam Clamps are provided; large and small. The DCETF had already purchased the small clamp. Both sizes were demonstrated. The large size was used with the RESCUE DAVIT SYSTEM. STATUS: Completed Phase 1
TEST TEAM: Ken Carter
Creig Beck
DCC B. Womble
EQUIPMENT NAME: RESCUE DAVIT SYSTEM
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER: Ideal Lifeline Company
MARKETER: OBB SAFETY COMPANY, CHESAPEAKE, VA.
COST: $3,000.00
PHONE: (800) 818-4215
AGENT: CHARLIE HAZELETTE
PHONE: 757-523-1516
ENGINEER: GERALD WHITMER, IDEAL LIFELINE CO.
PHONE: 1-800-883-4001
DESCRIPTION OF TEST / EVALUATION:
The RESCUE DAVIT SYSTEM was set above the hatch in compartment A-2. The demonstration set up was carried out satisfactorily, they were only illustrating how the equipment functions and the situations where we might use it aboard USN ships. The DAVIT RESCUE SYSEM is designed to lift up to 5000lbs. The set up and use requires two personnel.
HOWEVER
The purpose of the evaluation was to determine if there is a need for the system in the Fleet.
The system was first evaluated by COMNAVAIRLANT, Lcdr DAVE ZILLBER in April 1999.
RECOMMENDATION: Modifications were discussed and fabrication of the DAVIT RESCUE SYSTEM by a contractor would have to be considered. Once the improvements in design are made and fabrication completed, it is recommend that the system be scheduled and re- evaluated in FY 2000.