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U.S. Coast Guard’s Salvage and Marine vessels face. The IMO recognizes that In addition, the complexity of ships Texas A&M Engineering Extension

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States,” said Elliott. “When a vessel is at policies and procedures, many compa- “Live ? re and emergency response more complex, personnel must be pre- a pier, these regulations require a marine nies go well beyond the regulatory re- training for the maritime industry con- pared to adequately deal with any type ? re? ghting remote assessment within an quirements for ? re training.” tinues to evolve,” said Kirk Richardson, of emergency. Incidents vary from ? re hour of noti? cation, an on-site assess- ment within two hours and trained ? re- ? ghting teams and external ? re? ghting systems – such as a tug or portable ? re pump – on-scene within four hours. For “nearshore” operations, within 12 miles of shore, a ? re? ghting team should be on- scene within 8 hours and, for “offshore”

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Additionally, there is a growing rec- ognition of the hazards of shipboard ? re? ghting and the need to provide ad- vanced training to land-based ? re? ght- ers, Elliott said. The unique command and control requirements for marine ? re? ghting operations, combined with the number of agencies and stakeholders involved, require specialized Incident

Command System training for all par- ties, including Federal, State, local, mu- nicipal and industry responders. “Ship operators are seeing the impor- tance of having well trained, thinking, doing ? re ? ghters available onboard to respond,” said Capt. Morely. “While regulations have improved their safety, ? re is still the number one threat these 31

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