Coast Guard training ramps up in Northern California

11th Coast Guard District NewsMCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay would like to give notice to citizens in the area that there will be an increase in helicopter air traffic next week due to a comprehensive evaluation program.

A standardization team, consisting of pilots, flight mechanics, and rescue swimmers from the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. will arrive at Air Station Humboldt Bay next week. This annual visit evaluates both flight and maintenance procedures to ensure standardization across Coast Guard aviation program. Standardization is important because it enables crews from across the nation to work together seamlessly in times of need such as the response to Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“The Coast Guard is full of motivated young men and women who joined to help save lives,” said Capt. Salvatore Palmeri, commanding officer Air Station Humboldt Bay. “Evaluation programs like these ensure that we remain expertly trained and highly proficient to respond to those in distress.”

During 2011 Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay personnel responded to 295 search and rescue cases, saved 24 lives, assisted in saving another 504 lives, saved $830,000 in property and assisted in saving another $21,194,000 in property.

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