Tennessee fire chief talks of fire on cruise ship - WKRN News 2

Tennessee fire chief talks of fire on cruise ship

Posted: Updated: May 29, 2013 08:15 PM
Chief Brian Goss with his family Chief Brian Goss with his family
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Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss said he was planning on a memorable trip to The Bahamas.

He had no idea, however, that his vacation would wind up the subject of news stories around the world.

Chief Goss, his wife, two daughters, one son and one friend each boarded the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas in Baltimore on Friday along with about 2,200 other passengers.  

Early Monday morning, they woke up to the sound of crew members beating on stateroom doors.

Chief Goss spoke to Nashville's News 2 by phone Wednesday.

"The alarm went off and the announcement came on over the intercom that there was a fire on the ship," said Goss.

Passengers were rushed to muster stations, where Goss says they were regularly informed of what was happening.

He said the passengers stayed pretty calm for the most part, but part of the emergency operations plan meant lowering the life boats to the deck.

That's when some people started to worry.

"It was a little bit disconcerting when they lowered the life boats and we thought we may have to load those and abandon the ship," Goss said.

Luckily, it never came to that. Chief Goss said he was impressed with how the crew handled the situation.

He said he never had to switch over to "Fire Chief" mode and jump into action.

"Looking at the damage later and seeing the extent of the fire how few people it inconvenienced, I have nothing but respect for the crew," he explained.

Passengers were given refunds for the trip and offered vouchers good for a future Royal Caribbean cruise.

This was the seventh cruise for Chief Goss and his wife. He says he won't hesitate to go on another in the future.  

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