Electrical circuits in the damaged area should be secured, preferably by removing fuses in a
compartment at a distance from the scene of damage.
Pipelines in the damaged area may be ruptured and valves may be destroyed. If the lines are so
badly damaged that they cannot be repaired at once by soft patches or similar methods, the damaged sections must be
isolated at the first intact stop outside the damaged area.
The air in a damaged area may be fouled with smoke, fumes, and gases. Furthermore, a
compartment may be so hot that the repair party cannot remain in it. It may be necessary to provide fresh air through the
regular air-conditioning system (provided no fire is present), by means of portable blowers, or by bleeding from the ship's
service air lines. Hot compartments can be cooled by spraying them with water, using fog nozzles.
If there is no fire in the compartment and it is necessary to employ spark-producing equipment in
the area to make repairs, fire extinguishers will be brought to the scene and the air will be tested for toxic or explosive
gases and for lack of oxygen before repair work is commenced.
h. Damage control recovery procedures. When the initial steps of control are completed and when the
situation permits, follow-on steps will be initiated to restore the ship to the maximum possible combat readiness
FIRE FIGHTING See Chapter 6, Fire.
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