11 0 Emergency Operations

11.0 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

11.1 EMERGENCY MEDICAL OPERATIONS

Pursuant to Starfleet General Policy and Starfleet Medical Emergency Operations, at least 25% of the officers and crew of the Intrepid class are cross-trained to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians, to serve as triage specialists, medics, and other emergency medical functions along with non-medical emergency operations in engineering or tactical departments. This set of policies was established due to the wide variety of emergencies, both medical and otherwise, that a Federation Starship could respond to on any given mission.

The Mess Hall on Deck 2 can serve as emergency intensive care wards, with an estimated online timeframe of 30 minutes with maximum engineering support. Cargo Bays 1 and 2 also provide additional space for emergency triage centers and recovery overflow. Portable field emitters can be erected for contagion management.

11.2 EMERGENCY MEDICAL HOLOGRAM

Pursuant to new Medical Protocols, all Medical Facilities are equipped with holo-emitters for the emergency usage of the Emergency Medical Hologram System. Starships of this type were the first to carry the EMH Mark-I. Standard refit and rotation keeps their EMH up to date with the latest builds.

  • The Hawking is equipped with the EMH Mark 2.0
11.3 LIFEBOATS

Pods are located
on almost all decks. Each pod can support a total of eighty-six person-days (meaning, one person can last eighty-six days, two can last for forty-three, etc.). Two pods are reserved for the top four officers in the chain of command on the Intrepid class, because they are the last four to leave the ship. These are located on Deck 1, just aft of the bridge. As the number of experienced Captains dwindles in Starfleet, the notion of a Captain going down with his ship has been abolished. If the ship is abandoned, the top four officers in the chain of command will wait until everyone else is off the ship, opt to arm the auto-Destruct (not always necessary, but there if needed), and then leave in the two escape pods. The current lifepods are called ASRVs, or autonomous survival and recovery vehicles. The first group of these was delivered in 2337 to the last Renaissance class starship, the USS Hokkaido.
In situations when the base vessel is not near a habitable system, up to four ASRVs may be linked together in a chain at junction ports to share and extend resources.

In extreme circumstances or where additional capability is required, the entire bridge module of the Intrepid class starship can be ejected and maneuver away on it’s own thrusters. Since this is more time consuming than ejecting pods, this procedure is reserved only for situations where time is not critical.

11.4 RESCUE AND EVAC OPERATIONS

Rescue and Evacuation Operations for an Intrepid class starship will fall into one of two categories - abandoning the starship, or rescue and evacuation from a planetary body or another starship.

  • Rescue Scenarios

Resources are available for rescue and evacuation to Intrepid class starship include:

  • The ability to transport 300 persons per hour to the ship via personnel transporters.
  • The availability of the 2 Type-9 shuttlecraft to be on hot standby for immediate launch, with all additional shuttlecraft available for launch in an hours notice. Total transport capabilities of these craft vary due to differing classifications but an average load of 50 persons can be offloaded per hour from a standard orbit to an M Class planetary surface.
  • Capacity to support up to 500 evacuees with conversion of the shuttlebays and cargo bays to emergency living quarters.
  • Ability to convert the Mess Hall to an emergency triage and medical center.
  • Ability to temporarily convert Cargo Bay 1 and 2 to type H, K, or L environments, intended for non-humanoid casualties.
  • Abandon-Ship Scenarios

Resources available for abandon-ship scenarios from an Intrepid class starship include:

The ability to transport 500 persons per hour from the ship via personnel and emergency transporters.
The availability of the 2 Type-9 shuttlecraft to be on hot standby for immediate launch, with all additional craft available for launch in an hours notice. Total transport capabilities of these craft vary due to differing classifications but an average load of 75 persons can be offloaded per hour from a standard orbit to an M Class planetary surface.
Protocols also include the use of Lifeboats. Each Intrepid class vessel carries 48 of the 6-person variants, which measures 5.6 meters tall and 6.2 meters along the edge of the rectangle. Each Lifeboat can survive longer if they connect together in "Gaggle Mode.”
Environmental Suits are available for evacuation directly into a vacuum. In such a scenario, personnel can evacuate via airlocks, the flight bay, or through exterior turbolift couplings. Environmental suits are available at all exterior egress points, along with survival lockers spaced throughout the habitable portions of the starship. Standard air supply in an EV suit is 4 hours.

11.5 WARP CORE EJECTION

Though rare, starships occasionally face the horrible concept of a warp core breech. As the primary power source for a starship, the explosive power of a warpcore far surpasses the superstructure and structural integrity field strengths and most often ends in the complete destruction of the starship and anything within a 20km blast radius.

Modern starships have been equipped for this possibility and have the capability to eject their warpcore. The Intrepid class has an ejection port on the forward side of the ventral engineering hull. Magnetic rails inside the channel accelerate the core once disengaged from the ship and ‘fires’ it as far as 2000 meters away from the ship. The ship then moves away from the core as fast as possible under impulse power.

Should the core not go critical, the Intrepid class can recover its warpcore by use of tractor beams and careful manipulation.

Secondary Core: Emergency ejection of the backup warp core is all but unheard of since the core is never brought online in its storage slot. When in use in the primary core tube, ejection is identical.

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