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1st District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 23, 2012

PADET NYC

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson

Office: (212) 668-7114

Mobile: (917) 703-0983

Long Island, N.Y., based Coast Guard, fire departments sign partner training agreement (Photos Available)

EDITORS NOTE: Please call Petty Officer Erik Swanson for more information. 646-532-0373.

MONTAUK, N.Y. - The Coast Guard and several Long Island, N.Y., fire departments signed an agreement to standardize search and rescue training and recovery efforts between the agencies during a ceremony held at Montauk Fire Department, Wednesday.

The agreement was drafted to align firefighter at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard, the first of its kind to be completed in Eastern Long Island. Twelve firefighters from the Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island fire departments were recognized for completing the Coast Guard training.

“Through this training, we greatly strengthened our partnerships with some of the local fire departments,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Paulsen, executive petty officer Coast Guard Station Montauk. “The station boat crews can now respond alongside these fire department marine units as one unified team.”

The 30-hour training is taught in a classroom and underway by expert boat handlers of Station Montauk and of the East End Marine Task Force, covering the fundamentals of response safety, risk assessment, communications, navigation and search and rescue. 

The pilot training program by Station Montauk is part of a larger initiative by Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., to train alongside and work closer with its many partner fire departments that respond to emergencies off the coasts of Connecticut and Long Island. 

MONTAUK, N.Y. - Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Walter, officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Montauk, congratulates Jeffery Martin, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., Fire Department, for completing Coast Guard search and rescue standardization training during a ceremony held at Montauk Fire Department, Aug. 22, 2012. An agreement was signed at the ceremony to align fire department at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard and to improve effectiveness when different agencies are working together on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

MONTAUK, N.Y. - Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Walter, officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Montauk, congratulates Jeffery Martin, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., Fire Department, for completing Coast Guard search and rescue standardization training during a ceremony held at Montauk Fire Department, Aug. 22, 2012. An agreement was signed at the ceremony to align fire department at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard and to improve effectiveness when different agencies are working together on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

MONTAUK, N.Y. - Capt. Joseph M. Vojvodich, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, speaks during a ceremony to standardize training between the Coast Guard and local fire departments, Aug. 22, 2012. The agreement was drafted to align firefighter at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard and to improve effectiveness when different agencies are working together on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

MONTAUK, N.Y. - Capt. Joseph M. Vojvodich, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, speaks during a ceremony to standardize training between the Coast Guard and local fire departments, Aug. 22, 2012. The agreement was drafted to align firefighter at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard and to improve effectiveness when different agencies are working together on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

MONTAUK, N.Y. - Coast Guard search and rescue training certificates lie on display before being presented to firefighters during a ceremony held at Montauk Fire Department, Aug. 22, 2012. An agreement was signed at the ceremony to align fire department at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard and to improve effectiveness when different agencies are working together on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

MONTAUK, N.Y. - Coast Guard search and rescue training certificates lie on display before being presented to firefighters during a ceremony held at Montauk Fire Department, Aug. 22, 2012. An agreement was signed at the ceremony to align fire department at-sea training standards with those of the Coast Guard and to improve effectiveness when different agencies are working together on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

EDITORS NOTE: Please call Petty Officer Erik Swanson for more information. 646-532-0373.



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