Coast Guard to conduct standardization training on Pittsburgh rivers

PITTSBURGH – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh will be conducting a high volume of training operations on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers from Sept. 13-14, 2010.

The boat evolutions are part of an annual standardization and training visit conducted at all Coast Guard small boat units by teams of examiners from the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Va.

Coast Guard Defender Class response boats will be conducting exercises throughout the day and demonstrating boat crew proficiency in maneuvers, Search and Rescue (SAR), and execution of simulated emergency procedures.

The focus of the operations will be standardization of maintenance, communications procedures, safety of operations, and crew coordination. The public may expect an increased Coast Guard presence in the Pittsburgh area.

Coast Guard response boats and crews are regularly called on to perform emergent life-saving and homeland defense missions in challenging and dangerous environments, often with Coast Guard personnel from other Coast Guard units.

“Having all coxswains [small boat operators] and boat crewmembers able to operate with the same standardized procedures and to the same high standards maximizes the Coast Guard’s interoperability, flexibility, and ultimately, its ability to safely accomplish its missions at home and abroad,” said Lt. Cmdr. Scott Higman, executive officer for MSU Pittsburgh.

For questions concerning these operations, please contact Lt. j.g. Matt DeFusco at (412) 644-5808 ext. 2112 or the Command Duty Officer at (412) 670-4288.

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