NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) In-Port Emergency Team (IPET) continues to provide valuable training experience in April to ensure they are a viable first line of defense for the ship in combating fires, floods, and other shipboard emergencies during the ship's Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
Carl Vinson's IPET team is divided up among the ship's eight duty sections, which are designed to ensure the ship always has a qualified response team on board to combat emergencies.
IPET's primary responsibilities include providing a first-response team to damage control incidents aboard the "Gold Eagle," including fire, smoke, flooding, and other casualties.
"We do everything we can to handle casualties quickly and efficiently so that we can minimize any potential threat to the ship," said Damage Controlman 1st Class (SW) Philip Hertz, duty fire marshal.
As a duty fire marshal, Hertz's additional responsibilities with IPET include being the first responder to the scene along with two investigators and an electrician in order to determine the nature of the casualty, and the best route to extinguish the threat.
"The ability to respond to a scene and eliminate the current threat does not come to these Sailors right away," said Hertz. "Training is paramount to ensure IPET has a complete understanding of their responsibilities."
And training for IPET happens often aboard Carl Vinson. The IPET team conducts daily drills and training aboard the aircraft carrier to practice for real-life contingencies. Prior to these evolutions, the team meets and discusses what the drill is and who will be filling each position.
For Carl Vinson's IPET teams, this diligent damage-control training has paid off.
"Training keeps us knowledgeable by constantly challenging the IPET crew and giving us new obstacles to overcome," said Hertz.
There's also the added benefit that will help the ship when Carl Vinson returns to sea; the benefit of experience and teamwork.
"Another important mission accomplished during the daily IPET drills is building team spirit and camaraderie," said Hertz.
So far, Carl Vinson Sailors say they're pleased with the efforts.
"We have a good team," said Electrician's Mate 3rd Class (SW/AW) Steven Darvin, duty section three's IPET electrician. "The people on the team know their jobs and enjoy what they do. It's good to know I can trust those I work with."
During any given day aboard Carl Vinson, the ship's IPET members are always mindful that they're the ship's first line of defense, keeping the crew safe from potential harm.
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