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Coast Guard Boat Crew Seamanship Manual Chapter 18: Firefighting, Rescue and Assistance Overview Introduction As members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Auxiliary, the boat crews have an important responsibility in maintaining their vessel and assisting those in distress. A primary responsibility of a boat crew is to save lives, not property. However, when and where possible, a boat crew will attempt to save property. Boat crew members may be called upon to react to a fire on their own boat, dewater vessels, and right vessels. This chapter discusses: • safety and prevention measures to take when on a boat or assisting a distressed vessel; • how to assess emergency situations; • how to prevent, identify, and extinguish boat fires; • how to dewater vessels; and • several methods on how to right overturned vessels. It is very important to keep in mind that any vessel can fall victim to tragedy when proper prevention measures or rescue procedures are not followed correctly and precisely. In this chapter These items are discussed in this chapter: Section A B C D E F G H I Title Safety and Damage Control Boat Fire Prevention and Susceptible Areas Fire Theory, Classifications, and Fuel Sources Extinguishing Agents Applying Extinguishing Agents Firefighting Equipment Firefighting Procedures Extinguishing Fires Dewatering 18-1 See Page 18-3 18-7 18-13 18-17 18-19 18-29 18-49 18-57 18-69

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