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Damage Control

Starship Damage Control

Damage control on a starship, like on primitive earth naval vessels, is extremely complex. Damage control crewmembers are organized into teams, which form the basis of starship damage control. The teams are generally assigned to a certain section of the starship or star base, and have at their disposal the resources that are stored in the corridors of most starships. For the newer starships, many items can be found in the corridors, which are self-sealing in the event of hull breaches or loss of atmospheric containment. Suits suitable for use in a vacuum, phasors, emergency repair kits, auxiliary lighting (i.e.: flashlights), emergency power supplies, and emergency medical kits can be found in storage compartments located in the corridors, in addition to other emergency supplies.

Damage control teams, although part of the engineering staff, are generally separate from the engineering staff in that they are not responsible for the maintenance of systems, but are instead responsible for insuring the space worthiness of the space vehicle. This is accomplished by sealing off hull breaches, extinguishing fires, and insuring the containment of conduits, including the primary, reserve, and protect utilities systems, as well as the
power system.

Extinguishing fires on a starship is usually done automatically by the ships computer, which activates force fields around the fire to drain it of fuel, and can also deploy halon gas to help combat the fire. Due to this, personal are recommended to be at least 2 meters away from the fire to avoid the effects of the force field and halon gas. In combat situations however, automatic systems are not often available, and larger fires may require the activation of section isolation doors, combined with force fields, to prevent the spread of fire. Damage control teams would use handheld fire extinguishers and firefighting gear, found in corridor storage modules, to assist the extinguishing of the fire. In extreme emergencies, the affected corridors would be vented to space.

Starship conduits, particularly those of the electro plasma system, often are damaged in the strain of combat and emergency situations. In the event of a plasma conduit leak, care should be taken to avoid the plasma, as it can cause burns to humanoid bodies. Tools are available to stop the flow of plasma through a conduit, and then regenerators similar to those used to regenerate skin can be used to seal the leak. In the event of more severe damage, conduits can be spliced out of the system and replaced with new conduits. The same procedure goes for all other starship conduits, and priority should be taken to repair the EPS conduits, and environment systems in the event of damage.

Extra-vehicular activity in combat situations can be detrimental to the officers health, as without an inertial dampening system on the outside of the spacecraft, combat maneuvers would be lethal to most personal on the outside hull of the starship. Because of this, hull breaches should always be sealed from the inside of the starship during combat, and should hopefully be sealed after combat maneuvers have taken place. During combat, damage control teams should make sure that emergency containment force fields are operational, and that all sectional and compartment isolation doors are activated as necessary.

The Damage Control Department, as a whole, is under the command of the Chief Engineering Officer. Often during emergencies, senior officers on the bridge, including the operations, tactical, and engineering officers, will be in charge of ordering the activation and assignment of damage control teams. Damage control teams are automatically manned during red alert condition, and minimal activation of damage control teams will occur when the starship is at yellow alert.