DVIDS – News – NNSY Hosts 29th Annual Robert E. Rumens Marine Firefighting School


This year, Norfolk Shipyard (NNSY) hosted the 29th Robert E. Rumens Marine Firefighting School. As of 1991, the Marine Firefighting School originally only hosted local firefighters from the Hampton Roads area. Over the years, this program has grown to include students from all over the world. This training enabled NNSY to share its expertise in firefighting aboard industrial ships with future members of the Maritime Incident Response Team (MIRT) at the Port of Virginia.

The primary mission of the Port of Virginia MIRT is to provide immediate on-site maritime advice and to act as a liaison agency with the United States Coast Guard and other State Incident Commanders and premises when responding to all hazard-type incidents in the maritime environment. . MIRT promotes maritime response capabilities in the Port of Virginia through an ongoing program of training, exercises, resources, and ongoing support and coordination through port partnerships.

MIRT is the first such organization in the United States and is unique in any port. The concept of a Coordinated Maritime Response Team originated in 1984 when Bill Burket, now Director of MIRT, attended a Coast Guard training of trainers course for marine firefighting. At present, Hampton Roads had not established a collaborative response team capable of responding to a fire or hazardous material release in a port environment. By combining the efforts of the Virginia Maritime Association, the Virginia Coast Guard Sector, and the Navy Fire Fighting School, MIRT was created.

The first participants in the Navy Fire Fighting School were primarily firefighters from the local fire departments. It was from these participants that the MIRT staff cadre was trained. Since then, it has grown and now welcomes students from all over the United States. This year’s participants came from twenty-two agencies and fourteen states. This training was paramount in sharing knowledge across the industry with the program to forge lasting relationships, drawing on the resources, knowledge and expertise, which can be called upon in the event of a major fire on board. ‘a ship.

NNSY Emergency Management Specialist Alyx Riebeling said: “As a participant in the 24th edition of the Robert E. Rumens Marine Firefighting School, I was very happy to be able to help coordinate the visitation requests of Bill Burket, Director of MIRT, and to benefit from the support of NNSY. this year’s program. With the coordination of the USS Toledo (SSN 769), the former[USS] McKee (AS-41), Radiological controls (Code 105), Occupational safety, health and environment (Code 106), Operations (Code 300), Safety and fire (Code 1120), Emergency management (Code 1130), NNSY Fire and Emergency Services and NNSY Security Forces, we were able to simultaneously run tours for approximately 100 self-help firefighters on two ship platforms and through a dry dock, while providing presentations on CONEX damage control boxes and responding to fires on board in a shipyard.

The visits enabled participants to receive training and demonstrations of fire response aboard a ship in a shipyard. It also allowed them to return home to their agencies to share what they learned.

NNSY was able to provide these students with a unique insight into shipboard firefighting in an industrial shipyard environment, as well as the opportunity to tour a submarine and a former tender. submarine. Offering these tours to prospective MIRT members and training them in a shipyard environment helps build a strong partnership with MIRT and the local fire departments that respond to NNSY for training, exercises and real world events.

Date taken: 22.06.2021
Date posted: 06/22/2021 06:45
Story ID: 399396
Site: PORTSMOUTH, Virginia, United States

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