Accession Number : ADA118060

Title :   A Study of Port Safety Firefighting Requirements.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Ice,J N ; Martinsen,W E ; Welker,J R

PDF Url : ADA118060

Report Date : 26 Aug 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 192

Abstract : This is a report of an effort to characterize the firefighting capability needed by Captains of the Ports to respond to types and sizes of fires which might threaten port safety. Satisfactory results were not achieved because of lack of information needed for the relevant estimates. Port areas of Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia were studied, with particular emphasis on Philadelphia and the Delaware River. Within limits of the study, U.S. Coast Guard Captains of the Ports were judged to have minor capability for single boat response to small fires and very weak capability against large fires, even using all available COTP capability. Other firefighting resources may not be dependable for various rational reasons. Municipal or other local waterborne firefighting capability may be declining due to cost and aging equipment. The feasibility of improving COTP firefighting response capabilities is limited because of size and response time, varied mission requirements, equipment limitations which physically limit improvements, manpower limitations, and cost. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Ports(Facilities), *Fire fighting, Coast Guard, Fires, Ship fires, Risk, Protective equipment, Fireboats, Fire safety

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE