Coast Guard Sector Baltimore hosts 5th annual Search and Rescue Conference

5th Coast Guard District NewsBALTIMORE — The Coast Guard hosted the 5th annual Search and Rescue Conference, Friday at the Coast Guard Yard to improve cooperation between search and rescue agencies in the upper Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

The conference was held as an open forum for agencies to explain their own policies when it comes to handling a distress call and establish the best practices between them. It also included lectures regarding the Coast Guard’s SAR organizational structure.

“This annual meeting gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and learn from each other,” said Lt. Cmdr. Randall Brown, Sector Baltimore’s chief of response. “As first responders, meeting with our state and local partners allows us to discuss ways to improve our response speed, adaptability, and reliability in order to accomplish our common goal of saving lives.”

Following the conference, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Maryland State Police Helicopter, a Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-small, a vessel from Maryland Natural Resources Police and an Anne Arundel Mobile Command Post were on display and available for tours.

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