Coast Guard Partners with City of Kodiak to Save Lives

KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guard District Seventeen, Sector Anchorage, Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, the City of Kodiak and maritime industry representatives are scheduled to discuss mass rescue operations Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Regional Fisheries Research Center on Near Island in Kodiak.

The mass rescue operation planning meeting is being held in an effort to be proactive and ensure Kodiak is prepared for a worst case scenario in the event of a maritime emergency.

The representatives will be working to develop a coordinated local mass rescue plan and objectives to be addressed will include mass rescue operation expectations and responsibilities, response organization, mass rescue priorities and specific community planning requirements.

“Our focus for this event is community awareness and discussion with local emergency response members,” said Lt. Jason Boyle, MSD Kodiak supervisor. “Our goal is to identify resources available within the community and to use the information and input from this meeting to build a Kodiak specific mass rescue operation.”

The mass rescue operation concept provides a framework for response in case the need for immediate assistance to a large number of people are in distress. The all-encompassing program provides a specific look at what assets are available to evacuate a vessel, locate landing sites to bring people ashore, and determine what emergency services are available both at the site and within the community.

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