Life Changing Experience
Damage Controlman/Shipboard Firefighter (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA/Bremerton, WA/Everett, WA – October 6, 2015
My job while on active duty was different than now as a Reservist. I was a shipboard firefighter. I was part of the Engineering Department. We worked long hours while in-port or out to sea. The guys and gals in my division were tough and rowdy.
I went into the Navy a sheltered young lady and left active duty confident with a wonderful understanding of myself and others. I missed my wonderful family too much in Boise to make a career out of it.
The day always started early, reporting time was 7am. After divisional meeting, we would clean the ship. After that, we would be given our tasks for the day. Our tasks usually involved maintenance, cleaning of our equipment and spaces as a team. While underway, we would lead firefighting, dewatering or chemical/biological/radiation drills for the entire ship. Drill days ended late, around 10pm. You were lucky if you did not have watch later that night.
After two years on my ship, I was selected to work on my own for the Ship's Fire Marshall. I was taken out of the divisional team environment and individually tasked with painting jobs, maintenance jobs for his space or administrative duties. His jobs required networking on the ship with several departments to acquire the tools and resources needed. When we were out to sea, each other is all we had.
When our ship went to a dry-dock period, I was put on a engineering team where we mapped-out our systems with ships drawings. Lots of administrative paperwork was processed here to ensure every team player was safe and so the dry-dock period proceeded as smooth as possible.
I ended my time on the ship and active duty, back in my division leading new firefighters in maintenance and mentoring/teaching them what I learned the four years prior.
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