Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) participated in an integrated fire drill alongside the Newport News Shipbuilding Fire Department (NNSFD) Jan. 22 to test the two team’s response time and cooperation.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Davis said:
This training is extremely important while the ship is docked in Newport News Shipbuilding. It allowed the two teams to coordinate the response times and a procedure in the event a fire occurs.
Abraham Lincoln’s In Port Emergency Team responded first by setting boundaries and combating the simulated class alpha fire.
NNSFD responds to all casualties (fire, flooding, and medical) onboard Lincoln. In the case of a fire, once notified, the response time is fast enough that NNSFD can provide hose team relief at the scene of the fire.
The objective of these drills, added Davis, is to help teach both the Sailors and the Fire Department how to rapidly respond to casualties, while also learning to work together to overcome the obstacles in front of them.
Abraham Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding.
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