- Fire fighting starts from the moment a person detects fire and raises the alarm. First action can be taken right after raising alarm, such as use of portable extinguisher, etc., but such action should not aggravate the situation.
- Ventilators, doors or portholes to the compartment on fire should be shut and not to be opened till a fire-fighting team is available.
- In case a crew member is believed to be trapped, action to allow him to escape should be taken urgently.
- Inform terminal on pre-agreed emergency channel and cease all cargo operations if the vessel is in port.
- When the vessel is at sea we should stop main engine, if necessary and make appropriate signals to ships or port nearby if required.
- If required the Emergency Squad shall take over and attack the main seat of fire, making use of fireman's suit with self-contained breathing apparatus and applicable fire fighting medium present.
- The Support Squad should prepare life-saving appliances.
- Distress signals must be transmitted as and when required.
IMO Symbol A Class Division IMO Symbol B Class Division SOLAS has tables for structural fire protection requirement of bulkheads and decks. The requirements depend on the spaces in question and are different for passenger ships and cargo ships. The Administration has required a test of a prototype bulkhead or deck in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code to ensure that it meets the above requirements for integrity and temperature rise. Types of Divisions: "A" Class "B" Class "C" Class "A" Class: "A" class divisions are those divisions formed by bulkheads and decks which comply with the following criteria: They are constructed of steel or equivalent material They are suitably stiffened They are constructed as to be capable of preventing the passage of smoke and flame to the end of the one-hour standard fire test. they are insulated with approved non-combustible materials such that the average tempera