In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement cases and even environmental protection missions to ensure the preservation of lives, protection of property and national security, and the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species.
This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week and is a perfect time to reflect on how ready you and your loved ones are for the unexpected.
What are Coast Guard crews to do with ice, snow and blizzard-like conditions? Train. Crews at Station Cleveland Harbor recently completed two weeks of ice-rescue training led by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou.
Written by Christopher Lagan. In an address to the general assembly of the International Maritime Organization, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp encouraged the IMO to address the pressing issues facing the international shipping community, including the Arctic, piracy and […]
The operations the Coast Guard performs in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos – or OPBAT – are demanding and critical in halting drug and migrant smuggling activity. So when something unexpected happens, the crew must pull together to remedy any situation that comes their way. This is exactly what Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater crewmembers did when they were forced to perform a precautionary landing on the southern shore of Mayaguana Island, Bahamas, just three feet from the waters edge.
The Coast Guard implemented underwater egress training July 2013 at the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., aimed at increasing a member’s survivability in the event of a small boat capsizing. To date, approximately 200 people have completed the underwater egress training.
When dozens of tornados tore through the Midwest mid-November, the Coast Guard joined fellow responders with the National Guard and other state and local agencies to help the impacted communities. The six members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Peoria, Ill., are usually responsible for inspections and investigations activities along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. For the last two weeks, however, they have been going above and beyond their normal duties to help those in need.
Coast Guard members learn how to pursue and neutralize fleeing vessels in a course known as Noncompliant Vessel Pursuit, or NCVP. The course, designed for boat drivers as well as boat crewmembers, teaches Coast Guard men and women how to approach a vessel that may be in violation of a federal law such as drug or migrant smuggling.
Last week marked the start of National Preparedness Month. All across the country, communities are hosting preparedness events encouraging everyone that “You can be the hero” when it comes to emergency preparedness.
Buoy operations, welding, the release of a blue heron, noon meal preps & a tow in Ketchikan, Alaska; this might be the most action-packed day yet. Check it out as we continue a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard!