Coast Guard, Los Angeles City Fire Department successfully test oil spill equipment

11th Coast Guard District NewsSAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard and the Los Angeles City Fire Department successfully teamed up to test whether the Coast Guard’s Vessel of Opportunity Oil Skimming System (VOSS) could be deployed on LAFD Fireboat #2, March 7 in San Pedro, Calif.

With the operation successfully completed, the first-of-its-kind test gives the Coast Guard another asset to use should a large scale oil spill response be need in southern California.

“We needed to identify an alternative platform to respond in case of an oil spill,” said Chris Atkinson, an equipment specialist with the Coast Guard Eleventh District’s Response Advisory Team. “The (Cutter) George Cobb will remain as the primary platform but just in the case it is unavailable, we wanted a ready-to-go Plan B.”

The test included loading and staging the VOSS components aboard a LA City Fire Dept. boat, attaching the system to the vessel, and effectively maneuvering the vessel while the system was in operation.

The Eleventh Coast Guard District’s Response Advisory Team oversaw the testing with assistance from LA City Fire Dept. personnel and other Coast Guard members from the Pacific Strike Team, the Coast Cutter George Cobb, and Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach.

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