Coast Guard hosts Search and Rescue Council meeting prior to boating season

Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River host a Search and Rescue Council meeting at the Coast Guard Boathouse in St. Louis, Missouri, April 26, 2019. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River supports semi-annual Search and Rescue Council meetings in three separate locations: Peoria, Illinois, Quad Cities, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Uppoer Mississippi River/Released)

Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River host a Search and Rescue Council meeting at the Coast Guard Boathouse in St. Louis, Missouri, April 26, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Uppoer Mississippi River)

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard hosted a Search and Rescue Council meeting at the Coast Guard Boathouse in St. Louis, Friday.

Eleven federal, state and local agencies rallied their response boats, trailers and mobile command centers to show and share their capabilities.

A communication/dispatcher table top exercise promoted best practices and identified areas for continual improvement.

St. Clair Special Emergency Services Association provided a presentation on the Radio Interoperability Gateway/Bridge, a system that links different radios to a single interagency frequency during an incident.

Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River supports semi-annual Search and Rescue Council meetings in three separate locations: Peoria, Illinois, Quad Cities, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri.

“Opportunities to bring our local first responders, law enforcement and commercial salvage companies together to discuss how to efficiently conduct search and rescue not only builds strong partnerships, but will save lives,” said Capt. Scott Stoermer, the commanding officer at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.

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