USS Green Bay and CFAS First Responders Drill Together
SASEBO, Japan - The crew of forward deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) along with the Commander Navy Region Japan Fire and Emergency Services, Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Sasebo, and Naval Branch Health Medical Clinic Sasebo, conducted a shipyard fire drill Feb. 5, 2016.
The purpose of the fire drill was to coordinate efforts between each organization’s personnel to combat a shipyard fire as quickly and effectively as possible.
“The importance was to ensure fluid integration between all parties working together to combat a fire onboard USS Green Bay during a Selective Restricted Availability period,” said Lieutenant Jason Datinguinoo, USS Green Bay damage control assistant. “That includes working with not only ship's force personnel, but with the CFAS Fire Department, SRF Sasebo, and CFAS medical clinic.”
The firefighting teams faced scenarios such as a class alpha fire and a mass casualty drill. While the fire teams combatted the fire, the medical departments both from CFAS and Green Bay took care of participants of the mass casualty drill. While in port, the ship was able to utilize the base hospital where the “injured” Sailors were taken during the mass casualty. Communication between ship and shore facilities is critical during such events.
“The most challenging aspect of the entire drill is the communication piece between the Japanese firefighters and U.S. ship force firefighters,” said CNRJ Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Fire Chief for Training and Operations Kenneth Wampler. “There were several improvements made since the previous drill conducted in September 2015. Having a forward deployed translator to communicate with Ship’s Forces team leaders helped out, and Ship’s Forces provided more escorts for installation firefighters once they arrived onboard.”
The need for such training was highlighted by the May 2012 fire aboard Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755). The fire injured Sailors and caused over $400 million in damages which ultimately resulted in the decommissioning of the vessel.
Green Bay is attached to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is currently in a Selective Restricted Availability in Sasebo, Japan.
CFAS enables 13 forward-deployed Naval forces and 26 tenant commands across 11 geographic locations, supporting a community of 7,000 Sailors, civilians, and family members. It has received awards for Safety, Environmental, Zumwalt Lodging, Golden Anchor, Food Service, and the 2015 Region Japan Installation of the Year