Coast Guard members ready to train

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
San Francisco – Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco conducted survival training at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, in Sausalito, Calif., Friday September 62013.

The training, also known as “wet drills”, is held every year so that pilots, air crew and rescue swimmers can review and hone their survival skills, techniques and the proper use of their equipment to prepare them for worst case scenarios, as well as their day to day job.

Coast Guard members from Air Station San Francisco conduct survival swim training at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The air station holds an annual training for pilots, air crew and rescue swimmers to hone in on their skills, techniques and proper use of equipment. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewar  Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1011757/coast-guard-members-conduct-survival-swim-training#.UipMruChClI#ixzz2e9S7VVLY

Coast Guard members from Air Station San Francisco conduct survival swim training at Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart

The crew members were divided into groups and trained in different scenarios consisting of skills needed for rapid response to emergencies.

The training also included building survival fires on land, a survival swim and pyrotechnics signal training.

“Survival is important for all Coast Guard members, and this training helps to prepare them for the worst case scenario,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Leon, rescue swimmer assigned to Air Station San Francisco. “The Coast Guard trains on a daily basis to be always ready.”

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