USA: NSSA Introduces New SCBA Repair Capabilities for Norfolk-Based Ships
Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) implemented a new capability to keep U.S. Navy ships’ self contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) operational, Naval Sea Systems Command announced Feb. 21.
The new capability ensures ships’ crews have the necessary tools in the event of a fire or hazardous gas leak.
“SCBAs are a vital part of a ship’s firefighting equipment,” said Capt. William Galinis, NSSA’s commanding officer. “We now have the capability to service a ship’s firefighting equipment and reduce downtime and costs needed for repairs.”
NSSA now has certified technicians on-site to start immediate repairs on mission-critical equipment. Extra cylinders and packs are also kept in stock so the repair can be completed and sent back to the ship within a few business days.
“We can test and repair SCBA tanks, packs, masks and supporting gear,” said Damage Controlman (SW) 1st Class Maria E. Hernandez. “With these services available to us, we can save money through fast turnaround and minimal downtime. In the past, ships had to send their gear off the ship and wait at least two to three weeks just for the diagnostic test results.”
Naval Today Staff, February 22, 2013; Image: Navy