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DAM GE CONTROL
T HE PAGES OF HISTORY ofWorld War Il are filled
with instances where brave men, given the proper
equipment and the necessary "know how," were able to
save their ships from apparently certain loss following severe
battle damage. Fires were extinguished, flooded compart-
ments plugged and dewatered, and the wounded cared for,
to the end that the ship survived and returned to fight other
Damage Control instruction for the recruit is designed to
teach him the fundamental principles of fire fighting and a
working knowledge of the equipment which may save his
ship and his own life.
Probably one of the longest remembered days of recruit
training is the one spent at the Fire Fighting Center. Here
the recruit learns the chemistry of fire, basic principles of
combating fire, and then spends nearly an entire day extin-
guishing actual fires. Under watchful supervision oftrained
firefighters he will put out serious fires under simulated
shipboard conditions. After receiving this valuable practi-
cal experience he will have lost most of his fear of fire and
will have gained confidence in his ability to combat serious
The recruit also receives practical instruction in the use
of the gas mask, oxygen breathing apparatus and other
equipment designed for his personal protection. In the tear
gas chamber he has the opportunity to test the effectiveness
of his gas mask.
Basic instruction is also given to each recruit in the prob-
able effects of an atomic explosion and the measures he
should take to insure his personal safety and survival.
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