Coast Guard to host multi-agency training exercise

DETROIT – On Sept.17 and 18, Coast Guard Sector Detroit will host Boundary Blitz, a training exercise involving a security incident at a private sector facility on the St. Clair River and a major oil spill on the Detroit River. This full scale exercise emphasizes awareness, prevention, response and recovery from the fictitious security incident and major oil spill. U.S. response teams from local, State, Federal and private sector entities and Canadian response teams in the Province of Ontario will participate. They will focus on multi-agency notifications, coordination and use of the Incident Command System. The event will bring together dozens of agencies to work in an environment closely simulating a real world contingency response.

Sept. 17 – Preparedness Response (PREP) Exercise: The exercise will be driven by a fictitious oil spill from a Coast Guard regulated facility. This simulated large oil spill in the Rouge River will affect the Detroit River on the U.S. and Canadian shoreline as well as portions of Lake Erie.

Sept. 18 – Area Maritime Security Exercise: This exercise will involve a fictitious Transportation Security Incident (TSI) at a Coast Guard regulated facility on the St. Clair River.

Media opportunities include viewing oil collection operations near Elizabeth Park in Trenton, Michigan, on September 17th, and visiting the Unified Command / Incident Command Post at the Best Western Concorde Inn in Clinton Township, Michigan, on either Sept. 17 or 18.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all U.S. Coast Guard missions on Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from Alpena, Michigan to Vermillion, Ohio.

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