Multiple agencies come together for maritime rescue operation drill

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard along with the several other local, state and federal agencies and Argosy Cruises will stage an emergency Functional Exercise (FE) response drill Wednesday at Pier 66 in downtown Seattle.

The FE will commence at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 12 p.m. Members of the Unified Command will be available for interviews from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The FE is designed to further improve inter-operability between the first responders, maritime industry incident commanders.

The purpose of the FE is designed to identify participating agencies’ roles and responsibilities within the established Unified Command structure at the Joint Harbor Operations Center and conduct a live waterborne-rescue operation on Elliot Bay.

Participants in the drill include: Coast Guard; King County Sheriff’s Department; Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; Washington State Patrol; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Argosy Cruises; Seattle Police Department; Port of Seattle Police Department; Seattle Fire Department; Port of Seattle Security; and Bainbridge Island Police Department.

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