One of the
requirements to being licenced to
charter is the STCW safety, first aid and firefighting course.
The firefighting course was an experience. Two metal
containers, one above the other with hatches through the roof to simulate a
Day one, donned the full kit, minus breathing apparatus
and used normal extinguishers.
Day 2, full gear plus breathing apparatus, then hooded so
we couldn't see anything. Then had to find our way into container, down two
vertical rung ladders, find a casualty and bring him out. All without
seeing a thing. Very hot as close to 95° outside and containers are made of
Day 3, full kit again. No hood over our eyes this time.
But they lit a fire inside, so there was so much smoke we couldn't see
anything again. Had to get down to the bottom level again, open the "Engine
room" with the fire, hose out the fire, then enter, find the casualty and
bring him up to the top again. VERY, VERY, VERY HOT! We smelt like smoked
bacon for a week!
It was just us senior citizens and three young local
policemen in their mid-20's so we think we did ok to match them. Now
qualified to work on oil tankers and cruise ships??!
Leaving Dreaming On at Nanny Cay Marina in BVI for 4
weeks, mid-August to mid-September, while we head back to Florida, then UK
to see family and friends.