Shipboard

FIRE IN THE HOLD EXERCISE ON BOARD

FIRE IN THE HOLD EXERCISE ON BOARD

A shipboard fire presents a significant challenge to land-based firefighters who realistically cannot have intimate knowledge of every vessel visiting their jurisdiction. The Metro-Dade County Fire Department (FI.) is responsible for marine fire protection at the Port of Miami and much of the Miami River. Miami’s proximity to the Caribbean has made the Port of Miami the largest cruise port in the world. no less than 17 cruise ships begin their journeys from Miami. Cargo ships use the Port of Miami and the Miami River as a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our department is fortunate to have excellent cooperation and technical consultation from the United States Coast Guard and local cruise and shipping companies.

We recently participated in a firefighting exercise aboard one of the largest cruise ships docked in the Port of Miami. The vessel is 1,035 feet long and can accommodate 2,200 passengers and a crew of 800. A fire in a forward storage space on a deck below the waterline was simulated for three purposes:

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