One of the most extreme scenarios for which every naval ship must prepare is the threat of fire at sea. Should a large blaze erupt on board a ship out at sea, far from the nearest rescue forces, the vessel and its crew would be in grave danger.
The ship’s advanced weapons systems, combined with the huge amount of fuel used to power the vessel, could cause the ship to go up in flames in a matter of seconds.
The Israeli Navy trains its sailors for an eruption of smoke and flames in the middle of the sea, using a special simulator to mimic the two major dangers that face soldiers fighting a fire: intense heat and large amounts of smoke in the air.
In addition to training entire crews, the Navy offers a specialized course to prepare select soldiers to serve as naval firefighters. Graduates from this course leave with the knowledge and experience to prevent a disaster, using the ship’s tools to safely lead their crew to extinguish a fire.
Now the Navy can continue its task of protecting Israel’s citizens from sea while protecting itself against one of a naval ship’s gravest potential threats.
The Pazam website contributed to this article.