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    USS San Diego, San Francisco Fire Department Team Up for Training During San Francisco Fleet Week

    USS San Diego, San Francisco Fire Department team up for firefighting training

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Chelsea Milburn | 161006-N-SF984-026 SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 6, 2016) Engineering Department Sailors...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chelsea Milburn  

    Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet           

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sailors assigned to Repair Division aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) welcomed members of the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) aboard for a tour and to participate in shipboard firefighting training, Oct. 6, during San Francisco Fleet Week.

    The firefighters toured the ship’s damage control and engineering spaces, learned about shipboard firefighting systems, and swapped firefighting stories with their Navy counterparts.

    “The opportunity to work with service members, to train on different firefighting systems, and see the similarities and differences in how we combat fires are all aspects of what makes this a great opportunity for our firefighters,” said SFFD’s Shane Francisco, assistant deputy chief, Homeland Security Division. “We also have ships that come to the piers here, and being able to see how the Navy does shipboard firefighting is valuable training for us. “

    San Diego Sailors who participated in the training also learned from the experience.

    “It was great to be able to share our different experiences from our respective types of firefighting,” said Seaman Joshua Torrillo, one of San Diego’s damage controlmen.

    Torrillo said the previous day, he and fellow Sailors visited SFFD to learn about search and rescue and other firefighting skills from a civilian firefighter's perspective.

    “For SFFD, they have a lot of focus on search and rescue and getting in and getting out,” explained Torrillo. “For us, we live where we work. It’s all about maintaining the integrity of the ship. I think it was great for all of us on both sides to see a different side of firefighting.”

    Torrillo said he’s considering becoming a civilian firefighter in the future, so it made the experience even more valuable to him.

    “It’s pretty amazing to get a glimpse into what you want to do after the Navy,” he said.

    The event ended with applause, handshakes, and excitement for the prospects of partnership in fleet weeks to come.

    For more information about San Francisco Fleet Week, visit



    Date Taken: 10.06.2016
    Date Posted: 10.07.2016 15:45
    Story ID: 211540
    Location: SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 

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