Be prepared to use your training

You never know when you’ll need it, the training, but you should always
be ready to use it. What am I talking about? Back in Fall 1976, I was
sent for Basic Shipboard training. Included in this training was damage
control, NBC Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare and firefighting.
Part of the fire course meant you had to go through the smokehouse (not
for smoking meats). After I had entered into the smokehouse I had to
make my way through the maze going up and down stairs and several twist
and turns. It was extremely dark.

When I finally got aboard ship, we had routine fire drills and I was
made lead fireman (the one closest to the fire). When you are at sea
you need to be prepared to fight any and all fires. Fortunately, no
such fire came. I left the ship in Fall of 1977 and after my temporary
assignment in Virgina, I was sent to Alaska. While living in the
barracks we had regular fire drills. After working late one evening, I
finally was able to crash. A few hours later, I faintly heard a fire
alarm. I had attended all the previous fire drills so I thought I would
sleep through this drill. As usual, someone would knock on the door to
ensure everyone heard the fire alarm. I muttered a groggy yeah yeah I
know and started to go back to sleep. Well it was not long afterwards
when the olfactory senses kicked and I smelled smoke. This was no fire
drill, it was the real deal. I quickly got dressed and as I went to
exit the barracks, I head cries for help. Several others could not
locate the exits and needed assistance to get out of the building. My
room was located near the exit so I yelled at the others to follow my
voice. One by one about 14 in all made it to the exit and left the
building and made it to safety.

What has God been teaching you? Be prepared to use it someday.

\o/ Praises

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2 Comments

  1. Swinging Sammy
    Posted October 7, 2006 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never been in a real fire, thanks be to God, but I always pay attention in the drills, you never know when you will need it.
    Not sure what I am being prepped for, but I hope I am up to the challenge when it comes…

  2. Kodiak
    Posted October 8, 2006 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    It’s easy to panic during a real threat to safety. I’ve seen pros panic.


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