The next day, a dozen officers and ratings continued with a further 2 days advanced course. This included a film on “The Chemistry of Fire” and lectures & demonstrations of foam producing units. The afternoon concluded with a full dress trial. Half a dozen would be firefighters dressed up in oilskins and sea boots and attacked an oil fire with foam unit. This proved effective & the amount of foam produced astonished everybody.
On Wednesday, the Salvo Breathing Apparatus was dealt with. As a final performance, all those on the course donned the gear and wandered thru smoke-filled rooms, up & down ladders, turning wheels, and generally getting the feel of it. The “victims” were sent thru in pairs with full instructions on what to do if the other chap “passed out”. Expert assistants were standing by outside, prepared for any emergency. However all passed thru safely.
This morning Walkley, Snowden, Knocker, Nethersole, & Creighton, arrived to commence a 3 day F/F [fire fighting] course. They were slightly late as had to spend the night in Edinburgh. Some good news brought was that long weekend leave was being granted to all midshipmen.
Excell & I returned to Greenock and the ship via Glasgow.