This was my second duty day onboard Enterprise. Not too shabby seeing that I have been there since October. For those who donít understand what a duty day is in the Navy, imagine having to go to work in the morning like you normally would. Then when everybody goes home, you stay, all night and then work the next day.
Maybe youíll stand for four hours checking ID cards of people coming and going from the ship. Maybe youíll stand by a dumpster for a few hours to make sure riff raff puts the trash in the correct containers. Sometime during the day you will have some sort of fire drill. Now this isnít a fire drill like in school where people leave the building waiting outside for the nice red fire trucks to come by saving the day.
No, youíre donning the firefighting gear yourself. Youíre the one going to put out the fire. It may be a simple trash can fire or it may be a major fuel oil leak billowing thick acrid black smoke. When youíre entering a full blown fire, youíre unable to see the person in front of you. I had this experience when stationed in Maine while Bainbridge was under construction.
They had a large steel box with some pallets and straw inside with a door similar to what you would find on a ship. They lit the combustible items inside the let us go put wet stuff on the hot stuff. The guy operating the nozzle was directly in front of me but I never saw the fire but I sure felt the heat. Heck, I didnít see him when we entered the box.
Hopefully I never have to experience this in other than a training environment. Anyway, this was an uneventful duty day. Sitting in the office watching crap on TV and keeping an eye on Slickdeals.