The sailors and damage control service men and women attending the full day of maritime safety training exercises and competitive activities will form teams from each of the participating ships. Teams will compete in a series of practical, hands-on training exercises and shipboard emergency response scenarios, including interaction with live fire, smoke filled environments and a flooded ship chamber.
Resolve Maritime Academy instructors and personnel will lead the day of shipboard firefighting and damage control competitions.
Now in their 13th year, the Damage Control Olympics were developed by the academy to recreate real-life emergencies that a sailor could experience at sea to gain valuable experience in a fast-paced, competitive environment.
As in shipboard life, teams may be penalized for safety violations during the exercises. An awards ceremony will complete the day’s activities.
Events begin with a fire-fighting drill, followed by a dress-out drill/self-contained breathing apparatus race, a damage control drill (pipe patching, plugging and shoring), a timed interior fire attack and a search and rescue drill.
The Damage Control Olympics will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Resolve Maritime Academy and T/V Gray Manatee in Port Everglades.