Coast Guard, partner agencies participate in Mass Rescue Operation Exercise

A life jacket is marked simulating a person in distress during a simulated airplane emergency landing drill. The exercise will test notification procedures, on-scene command control, triage protocols, and accountability objectives. Visual distress signals will be used to simulate fuel in the water. A Safety Marine Information Broadcast will be issued during the exercise. Everyone in the immediate vicinity is requested to stay clear for the safety of any participating agencies and personnel. Following the exercise, if a marked life jacket is found, please contact or return it to your nearest Coast Guard unit. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A life jacket is marked simulating a person in distress during a simulated airplane emergency landing drill.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MIAMI – Coast Guard Sector Miami and Emergency Response Maritime partners will host a mass rescue operation exercise with multiple local partner agencies on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exercise is part of Interagency Ocean Rescue drill for a simulated commercial aircraft emergency landing. The event will require federal, state, local and industry partners to respond to a simulated emergency landing on the Atlantic Ocean. The primary purpose of the exercise is to provide multi-agency maritime responders an opportunity to gain familiarity with partner agency rescue response capabilities and protocol for a downed commercial aircraft.

“Any major incident is going to require multiple agencies to work together so, conducting exercises with our partners before an actual event takes place, is very important to help us shed light on areas that need more focus or things we did really well with. While we hope such an incident never occurs, Sector Miami is committed to interagency training to provide the most robust and comprehensive response possible.” said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Farr, Incident Management Division Chief for Sector Miami.

The exercise will take place 3 miles east of Miami Beach. All exercise play will be transparent to the public. The Coast Guard will be releasing approximately 150 lifejackets that are marked with patient information to simulate victims in the water. Some of the agencies involved are the City of Miami Beach Fire Rescue, the Miami Dade Police Department, the City of Miami Fire Rescue Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the City of Miami Police Department and the City of Miami Fire Rescue department.

The exercise will test notification procedures, on-scene command control, triage protocols, and accountability objectives. Visual distress signals will be used to simulate fuel in the water. A Safety Marine Information Broadcast will be issued during the exercise. Everyone in the immediate vicinity is requested to stay clear for the safety of any participating agencies and personnel.

Following the exercise, if a marked life jacket is found, please contact or return it to your nearest Coast Guard unit.

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