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Procedure for Rescue from Enclosed Spaces

  1. The person standing by outside space informs duty officer on the bridge, if contact is lost with person(s) inside enclosed space.
  2. Duty officer sounds emergency alarm and makes an announcement on the P.A. system.
  3. All hands muster at stations as per emergency plan. Headcount and report to bridge.
  4. Collect relevant equipment and proceed to the scene of incident.
  5. At the entrance to the enclosed space, prepare a resuscitation unit. When approved by Squad Leader, enter the space to rescue.
  6. A responsible person outside the enclosed space to remain in communication with rescuers.
  7. Other members of the emergency squad are detailed to:                 A. Carry/rig safety harness and rescue line at entrance and place spare SCBA's and air bottles at entrance.                                                     B. Improve ventilation in enclosed space by opening more lids or starting additional fan(s).                                                                              C. Contact external assistance as required
  8. After locating casualty, if necessary, place resuscitation unit on him. The safety harness is lowered down into the space and the casualty strapped in for hoisting. The casualty is then hoisted up using the rescue line but requires to be guided so as not to cause injury.
  9. Alternatively, the casualty may be brought out on a stretcher, if this is more practical. Once outside the space, the First Aid & Stretcher Team administer first aid and remove the casualty to the hospital. Efficient and constant communication between rescuers, entrance to space and bridge are essential. Remember, a quick response is vital for a successful rescue of a casualty suffering from lack of oxygen. Permanent brain damage may be caused if it is deprived of oxygen for more than four minutes


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