Coast Guard Station Panama City conducts joint agency exercise

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Panama City in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and several federal, state and local agencies conducted a joint agency exercise (JAREX), Friday, near the Panama City Marina at 1 p.m.

U.S Coast Guard photo by Ensign Israel Parker

Partner participating were U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Panama City Fire Department, Panama City Police Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

The drill consisted of a 32-foot Customs and Border Patrol response boat chasing another boat to simulate a boat collision. A Coast Guard 45-foot response boat (RB-M) responded to the simulated incident along with a 25-foot response boat from the Panama City Fre Department, including six Coast Guard Auxiliary boats from Flotilla 19.

“The Coast Guard loves dealing with the Auxiliary in the area; they are always so professional,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Myers, an operations petty officer for Coast Guard Station Panama City. “And they love to get out and show people what they can do.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a large voluntary organization of men and women who dedicate their free time to assist the Coast Guard with various missions, including Vessel Safety Checks and Search and Rescue.

Flotilla 19, which operates with Station Panama City, spearheaded the organization of the drill for the past five years in an effort to remind the public of the importance of boating safety.

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