Read this true email carefully. One day it might save your life.
Dont expect morons sitting ashore to bail you out , when your a$$-- nay-- LIFE is on the line.
From: XXX - Master
Date: Sun, 21 Dec XXX 07:09 +1000 Msg: A05768-66635
Subject: XXXX/ FIREMANS OUTFIT AND COMMUNICATIONS
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our ship has XXX orange coloured good lookin’ and fancy firemans outfits.
fireman’s outfits must be SILVER in colour – period!
orange colour high visibility does NOT work in dark smoke.
it is the silver colour which matters NOT the quality of the insulating material inside.
SILVER IS A POOR ABSORBER OF HEAT AND IT REFLECTS RADIANT HEAT AWAY .
this is why on my ship I paint the monkey island deck silver, to keep the bridge OOW’s head cool ( AC does NOT cope up ).
when the Kuwait oir rig fires had to be put off, as per Red Adiars concept, the fire fighters used HUGE silver mirror polished shields to radiate heat away . they hid behind the radiant heat shield . they did not wear firemen’s outfits.
nowadays we see firefighters wearing fancy black suits too, made by XXX company. i hasten to say, this is aginst the laws of physics.
BLACK IS A GOOD ABSORBER AND A GOOD RADIATOR ( BUT A POOR REFLECTOR ).
this is why Arabs in all their cultural wisdom made their women wear black, to keep them indoors, for if they go in the sun they will roast. this is why in the tropics humans are black skinned.
this is why arab men wore white robes , to keep them outdoors in the hot sun, and if they sit inside the tent, they will roast and body heat will not be radiated away.. This is why in the artics the eskimo is white skinned and uses white clothes.--black would be more visible against white snow background any day right?
it is NOT about visibility, it is about temperature control and survival.
this is why car radiators are black and kettles are silver.
this is why steam inlet coils must be silver and return back to condenser and hotwell black.
this is why computer laptops are black and fridges are white.
fire fighters require light and oxygen.
if the lights and air are put off enmasse ( not SELECTIVELY by a sensible roving squad ), then the onus of putting off the fire, comes on 2 nos ill prepared, ill educated and frightened SCBA plus fireman's outfit party.
-- and if these 2 poor souls are NOT communicating with each other or with outside supervisors --the fire goes out of control.
most of the time they just hide in a safe place and come out, having done NOTHING!!!!
they have already wasted all their air, by putting on the mask as soon as they wore the suit, NOT at the last moment, when it was absolutely required.
signals like life line pulling once , thrice etc were made in the 19th century days of air bellow fireman's outfit with limited air hose line length-- they have to enter from a suitable external door, as some other soul is pumping the bellow with his leg.
-- and the wearer has to hold the line in one hand--sensing the pull with his 5th sense of touch.
in the 21st century, the SCBA with fireman's outfit party enter in pairs-- through a door of their choice--
they must be in touch with each other and the external supervisors/ decision makers-- they exit from a door of their choice---
-- BOTH MUST HAVE A WALKIE TALKIE INSIDE THEIR FIREMANS OUTFITS WITH THE MOUTH PIECE POSITIONED MIDWAY BEWEEN THE MOUTH AND EAR-- WHEN THEY TALK THEY TWIST THEIR NECK TO ONE SIDE AND PRESS THE MIKE ON THE THROAT, TO SPEAK- - AS THEIR FACE IS COCCOONED INSIDE THE FACE MASK.
THEY EVEN HAVE TO REPORT THEIR AIR PRESSURES IF ASKED FOR. THEY CAN BE HEARD CLEARLY NEXT TO EXTREME MACHINERY NOISE, WHEN MIKE IS PRESSED ON THROAT.
--they use one finger to press the PTT button only when required--both hands are free--nothing is held, the hand pull the life line only to move forward .
the idea of sending 2 wearers in tandem is to help each other while escaping, and only one goes to the danger zone , the other remains in a relatively safe place -- or to help an unconscious victim out together --
--no door can be locked from outside-- all ISPS door seals if any, MUST be removed by a chosen person, as soon as he is head counted at the emg HQ muster station--
the mouth piece requires a hook on the boiler suit collar bone area , to hang!
very rarely sailors die burnt--they always get asphyxiated.
in our training video, the SCBA set is worn is a pouch INSIDE the suit. this is STUPID--- SCBA set must be worn outside the suit. The metal of the cylinder will scorch your back. Also unlike what is show in the training video, the fireman's suits is only for the periphery of the fire, you cant enter a fire!
experts with limited salt spray on their lips -- holding a mouse behind a desk in IMO , can NEVER EVER IMAGINE all these issues!--
-- so ships continue to suffer--sailors continue to lose lives--
--all for a horse shoe nail!! ( read that as a small strap equidistant between the ear and mouth on the boiler suit )
capt ajit vadakayil
" spirit over mind "
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL