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Any added precautions that you learn from your own experience should also be observed and passed along. Be sure that all fire extinguishers, especially the hand ones, are full to capacity. Once used they should be refilled as soon as possible even though only one tenth of the bottle was used. Once an extinguisher’s seal is broken it should not be trusted for future use.
Fire fighting equipment on the boat itself should always be supplemented by an I. C. E. pump from the beach. Four such pumps are issued to each squadron. They must be kept in a ready to go condition and placed on the fuel dock completely set up. This fire fighting apparatus combines foam with water, thus making it an ideal smotherer of any type fire.
The Lux Hand trigger release extinguisher can be used several times without loss from leakage. However, the release valve on your large portable extinguishers is not so reliable. Once the sealing cap is ruptured, the valve cannot be closed tightly enough to hold unexpended gas. The unexpended CO2 will leak away.
Gas Mask: Every man in the forward areas is issued a gas mask. Your Navy Mask Mk. III or IV is as fine a mask as there is. As long as you take care of it, it will take care of you. You may never need it, but when you do, brother, you need it badly. When your mask is issued to you, don’t lay it aside and forget about it.