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ISS3 2018

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First District Reserve staff conducts ICS workshop The First District Reserve staff conducted an Incident Command System workshop along with a table- top exercise during the unit's semi- annual all-hands weekend April 8. Led by Cmdr. Frank Stapleton, with assistance from Lt. Cmdr. T.J. Trifiro, the TTX differed from traditional ICS exercises because it simulated standing up the First District's Reserve Crisis Action Team (CAT.) During an event, the CAT employs a modified version of ICS, which is responsible for collecting and organizing information from field units and delivering a concise status update to an area command. There is no "Planning P," and many of the traditional elements of ICS have been removed. "Writing a realistic scenario, tailored for an event where there are no operations or logistics branches can be quite challenging," said Cmdr. Frank Stapleton, reserve incident management branch. "The focus of the injects relied heavily on the receipt, vetting and dissemination of information." In the scenario, a small plane crashes into a fuel terminal located in Providence, R.I. A fire, oil spill and marine casualty unfold, as well as information indicating a possible terrorist plot. The focus of the TTX is information management, where the final product is a quality situation display. Injects were provided to all teams within the CAT. Verifying officers Cmdr. Kelly Denning, Lt. Cmdr. Huelsman, Lt. Cmdr. John Bernhardt, Lt. Andrew Sheehy, Lt. Juan Harris, Lt. Kiley Hoppe, and PACS Zach Zubricki worked to qualify individuals within their respective teams. "The TTX was a great a success where 21 trainees received sign-offs on a total of 482 Performance Qualification Standard line items," Stapleton said. "Five qualifications were completed and two more are pending boards." � — Story by Lt. Mitchell Otey Corpus Christi reservists complete pollution TTX Reservists at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi completed a tabletop exercise May 20 to test the setup of an incident command post and respond to a ship and barge collision, which resulted in an oil spill. Members made progress on qualifications, enabling them to enhance their readiness and skills prior to the upcoming hurricane season. � — Story by Lt. j.g. Christopher Larocque RESERVIST MAGAZINE ICS UPDATE Coast Guard members at First Coast Guard District in Boston, participate in an Incident Command System exercise on April 8. ICS exercises are a regular and important part of training and allow opportunities for enhancement of skills and qualification readiness for disaster response. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lara Davis 38 RESERVIST � Issue 3 • 2018

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