USS Tornado Carries Out Shipyard Fire Drill

Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) conducted a fire drill April 1 aboard USS Tornado (PC 14) while the ship was in dry dock to test the ability of the crew, shipyard workers and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) to integrate in what could be a real-world situation.

The recent fire aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), which occurred in a shipyard environment, was a disturbing reminder of the inherent dangers aboard ship, and during a shipyard maintenance period in particular.

Aaron Moore, the fire drill’s organizer and head of SERMC’s Safety Department, said:

The fire drill was conducted to demonstrate proficiency and coordination among SERMC, ship’s force, and fire and emergency services in responding to shipboard fires that may occur during industrial work.

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