The Triton

News

Crew can test their fire fighting skills in FlameOut 2017

ADVERTISEMENT

By Lucy Chabot Reed

Three marine industry companies are hosting a first-ever firefighting challenge for yacht crew. The inaugural FlameOut 2017 will pit the crews of up to eight yachts against each other in a series of timed events to award the best skilled firefighting crew out there.

“You don’t hear a lot about fires on yachts,” said Carl Lessard of AIG, one of the organizers and sponsor of the event. “Usually, the details are squashed by insurance companies or owners don’t want to talk about it. But I spent a lot of time working through this process, having a yacht repaired after a fire, and I learned a lot from that.”

One of the chief things is the importance of the teamwork of the crew in assessing and fighting the fire. So in FlameOut, yacht crews will be asked to perform several firefighting tasks that they have learned in training and practice during onboard drills including a dress-out drill, search and rescue, and extinguishing several fires.

Resolve Maritime Academy performs these drills and competitions for the U.S. Navy each fall, so adapting the competition for yacht crew made sense.

“Yacht crew very rarely get a chance to put their training to use,” said Cliff Charlock, fire school manager at Resolve Maritime Academy in Fort Lauderdale. “This is a way to see what they remember, all their training, all their drills, all their safety plans. We know they work as a team and they drill about it. Now they have a chance to take what they’re learning and do it.”

Each yacht’s captain and engineer will compete in one final challenge, entering and docking in a busy port with mechanical failures in Resolve’s Class A full mission bridge simulator. This part of the challenge will require a high level of skill and communication between the captain and the engineer.

All events will be timed and judged by one or more of Resolve’s maritime instructors. Points will be awarded for the first three finishers in each competition. The team with the highest total points will win the FlameOut Cup.

“As an insurance company, we plan on losses every year,” AIG’s Lessard said. “What we don’t want to see is anyone getting hurt.”

That includes not only the crew onboard but also the firefighters called in to fight a fire. AIG and Resolve have worked together for several years to train municipal firefighters in yachting cities around the U.S. how to fight fires on yachts. The Triton is also helping to organize the event, promoting it to yacht crew and handling registration.

FlameOut 2017 will take place in Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 27, the Friday before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Only actual yacht crew of at least six on yachts of at least 150 feet can participate. Two of the team’s members must be certified in advanced firefighting, and all must be certified in basic firefighting. At least two members of the team/crew must be women.

To register, visit www.the-triton.com/flameout and complete the form. Teams will be verified for acceptability and invitations to participate will follow.

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.

Related Posts...
By Dorie Cox A yacht engineer was treated for heat Read more...
After a relaxing summer hiatus, Triton Networking is back on Read more...
The winning bidder in last Thursday’s court-ordered auction of M/Y Read more...
The U.S.Coast Guard has proposed revising its credentialing regulations to Read more...
M/Y Indian Empress was sold for 43.5 million euros in Read more...

Share This Post

About Lucy Chabot Reed

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

View all posts by Lucy Chabot Reed →

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Capt. Ryan O’Meara dies in the Bahamas

Capt. Ryan O’Meara dies in the Bahamas

By Dorie Cox Capt. Ryan O’Meara loved the water, his yacht crew, and his work on M/Y Pipe Dream, a 112-foot Westport. He was in the …

Underway and over the top with Capt. Grant Maughan

Underway and over the top with Capt. Grant Maughan

A lifetime of experiences on land and at sea culminate as Capt. Grant Maughan summits Mount Everest in May. By Dorie Cox Capt. Grant …

‘Excellent’ waterways make for ‘great’ voyage into America’s Upper South

‘Excellent’ waterways make for ‘great’ voyage into America’s Upper South

By Lucy Chabot Reed The four-member crew of M/Y Sensation, a 112 Westport, took the vessel from Fort Lauderdale to Nashville, Tennessee, …

Renovation plans for Pier 66, The Sails take a step forward

Renovation plans for Pier 66, The Sails take a step forward

By a vote of 4-1, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners last night approved a development agreement with Tavistock Development Company, owners …