(s. 13 and Sch. III)
FIRE PATROLS, FIRE ALARMS, FIRE DETECTION AND PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
1. Fire patrols shall comply with the following:
(a) the ship’s organization shall be such that the patrolling is efficient, having regard to the size and type of ship; the maintenance of the patrol at all times while passengers are on board shall be the responsibility of the master and the owners;
(b) arrangements shall be made whereby the patrol shall report periodically to the officer in charge;
(c) the patrol system shall be maintained when ships are in port with passengers on board; and
(d) every part of the ship accessible to the fire patrol shall be visited regularly; for this purpose patrols shall be such as to ensure that the ship shall be completely patrolled at least once an hour.
Manual Fire Alarms
2. (1) Manual fire alarms shall indicate at the bridge or fire control station the position in the ship from which an alarm has been operated.
(2) The manual fire alarm may be an electric bell operated by a push button or a switch or may be of the break glass type, or a special telephone system may be used; operating stations shall be available near all main stairways, and any one switch or telephone station shall not serve more than two decks.
(3) The alarm signal given at the bridge or fire control station by the manual fire alarm shall be distinct from any other signal.
(4) The fire control station shall be kept continuously manned when passengers are on board.
Fire Detection Systems
3. (1) Fire-detecting systems shall be of a type that affords means of indicating by sight and by smell the presence of fire; they shall operate continuously and reliably, without any part within the space served having to be reset, and must give indication of fire at an early stage.
(2) Where a fire-detecting system is combined with a smothering gas installation, the arrangement shall be such that smothering gas cannot be admitted to the detecting cabinet; instructions for operating the fire detecting system shall be posted near the detecting cabinet.
(3) The arrangement of smoke accumulator points shall be as follows:
(a) no part of the overhead deck shall be more than 12 m from a smoke accumulator;
(b) not more than three smoke accumulators shall be connected to one pipeline leading to the smoke-detecting cabinet; and
(c) where more than one accumulator is served by one main lead, branch leads shall be of approximately the same length.
Public Address System
4. (1) The public address system shall be maintained in good order and shall be tested before a ship leaves port, and daily throughout the voyage.
(2) The officers in charge of the various departments in a ship shall be trained in the use of the public address system.
- SOR/81-738, s. 87.
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