A damage control team (sometimes called a damage control party, repair crew, or work crew) referred to groups of Federation and Klingonstarshipcrew organized as an adjunct to the ship's engineering staff for use in times of crisis when the ship suffered damage. Their general purpose was to fight fires and/or effect repairs as needed to keep the ship operational.
ConstableOdo mentioned work crew seven as the team which did the repairs to Quark's damaged holosuites and when the Ferengi tried to trade information about the mission of a Klingon crew which previously visited his bar, Odo told him that he could use work crew seven for minor repairs in his security office. As a result, Quark told Odo what he knew about the Klingon mission. (DS9: "Dramatis Personae")
In the same year, Captain Keogh of the USS Odyssey led a rescue operation and shortly after engaging the Jem'Hadar, he called for the deployment of damage control teams as his vessel took heavy damage, including a plasma leak in the portnacelle. One team was sent to level 7. (DS9: "The Jem'Hadar")
Damage control teams were also frequently mentioned in "background chatter" and/or dialog in various episodes of the different series.
Real-life naval damage control teams are made up from the members of the ship's crew who do not already have vital duty assignments in a combat situation.
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