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Engi are naturally faster at making repairs. Does extinguishing fires count as a repair action?

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To add to that, do you gain experience from extinguishing a fire? –  Hand-E-Food Jan 21 '13 at 0:29
    
I added my own answer which includes this part, and the answer seems to be no. Experience helps you put out the fires, but isn't gained from doing so. –  winterswift Jan 21 '13 at 2:08

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My answer to your question is two-fold: it works on the output end, but not on the experience end. I watched the repair experience meter as my crewmember put out a large fire, and nothing changed. However, it does seem like their effectiveness at extinguishing it relies on that repair skill. In response to your edit, I would assume that yes, classes more suited to repairs are more suited to putting out fires. However, I have no clue if the Rockman attribute of stomping on fires affects this.

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More succinctly, experience aides extinguishing, but is not gained for doing so. –  aslum Jan 21 '13 at 4:37

My answer to this question will be Yes, extinguishing fires counts as repairing. My current repair-skill-upgraded Engi extinguishes fire squares in less than a second per square. The only explanation is that fires are treated as repair actions.

Thanks @Winterswift and @Aslum for the additional information

Apparently while extinguishing DOES count as a repair action, and receives benifits from leveling the repair statistic, it does not give experience as if the crew-member actually repaired something.

So:

  • Manti will extinguish at half speed.
  • Engi will extinguish twice as fast.
  • Rocks extinguish at normal speed, but are immune to the fire damage whilst doing so.
  • Upgrading any crew member's repair stat will improve their extinguishing speed.
  • Extinguishing fire will not grant repair stat or any other experience.
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