New Haven-based Coast Guard hosts Open House event

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, in New Haven, Conn., hosted their annual Open House today.

In preparation for National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 18 to May 24, Sector Long Island Sound’s units and emergency response partner agencies conducted water safety demonstrations that included: paddle sport safety, proper operation of vessel flare signaling devices, and environmental and marine safety demonstrations with local marine species on hand.

It is important to note that the Coast Guard does not work alone in its efforts to rescue people in distress and protect the environment.  Accordingly, boats and vehicles from local police and fire departments were also on site, including the Fairfield Police Department’s helicopter “Eagle 1”. Environmental organizations, such as the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and members from the Sector Long Island Sound’s marine safety division were on hand to discuss issues that affect Long Island Sound.

Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary provided boating safety and education, information on boating classes, vessel safety checks, life jackets, training for kids, and federal and state requirements for boaters and their watercraft.

“This was a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn about the various Coast Guard missions along with the successful emergency response agency coordination within the Connecticut and Long Island area,” said Lt. Jeff Janaro, Sector Long Island Sound’s Public Affairs Officer.

For more information about safe boating visit the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Resource Center at http://www.uscgboating.org/.

A cadet from the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps practices his knot tying at a Seamanship display at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s open house held in New Haven, Conn., May 11, 2013. Sector crews hosted the open house event for all ages, which included boat tours, safety demonstrations, important boating safety tips from the Auxiliary and interactive displays from partner emergency response agencies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

A cadet from the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps practices his knot tying at a Seamanship display at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s open house held in New Haven, Conn., May 11, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

 

Elizabeth O’Connor and Gordon Dayton of Changing Tides Paddle Craft, conduct paddle sport safety maneuvers and discuss important coldwater survival and safety tips at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s open house held in New Haven Conn., May 11, 2013. O’Connor and Dayton participate in many Coast Guard safety events to increase awareness of paddle sport safety due to it’s growing popularity. Sector crews hosted the open house event for all ages, which included boat tours, safety demonstrations, important boating safety tips from the Auxiliary and interactive displays from partner emergency response agencies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

Elizabeth O’Connor and Gordon Dayton of Changing Tides Paddle Craft, conduct paddle sport safety maneuvers and discuss important coldwater survival and safety tips at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s open house held in New Haven Conn., May 11, 2013.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

Fireman Nora Postalache, a native of Romania, now stationed at Coast Guard Aid to Navigation Team Long Island Sound, sings the national anthem at Sector Long Island Sound’s open house held in New Haven, Conn., May 11, 2013. Postalache said its incredible to have be born in Romania and is now a U.S. citizen singing the national anthem. Sector crews hosted the open house event for all ages, which included boat tours, safety demonstrations, important boating safety tips from the Auxiliary and interactive displays from partner emergency response agencies.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

Fireman Nora Postalache, a native of Romania, now stationed at Coast Guard Aid to Navigation Team Long Island Sound, sings the national anthem at Sector Long Island Sound’s open house held in New Haven, Conn., May 11, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

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