ISS4 2018

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Coastal Cleanup for Sector San Francisco IMTR Sector San Francisco's Incident Management Team- Reserve (IMTR), took part in the 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual event sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and held Sept. 15. Members removed refuse from the Sector SF Waterfront and Clipper Cove on Treasure Island. All told, they collected approximately 15 bags of trash in addition to several large items that had washed ashore. The team included Petty Officer 2nd Class Brooklyn Saylor, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bettina Diaz, Petty Officer 1st Class Ken Shih, Senior Chief Petty Officer Anthony Knight and Lt. j.g. Josh Amoruso. Photo courtesy of Lt. j.g. Josh Amoruso. Coast Guard reservists join CA State Military Reserve for ICS course Story and photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kristen Boyle, Pacific Area In August, Pacific Area welcomed over 25 students to Coast Guard Island in Alameda for FEMA's L956, All Hazards Liaison Officer Course. "The 2017 hurricane season revealed a critical need for qualified liaison officers and emergency preparedness liaison officers," said Capt. Frank Schaefer, Pacific Area's EPLO coordinator. "However, the demand signal for qualified personnel exceeded the availability of reserve quotas for ICS-402." Schaefer and Master Sgt. William Matthews, from the California State Military Reserve, served as the course instructors. Reservists from as far as Guam joined members from CSMR's Maritime Support Command to learn the ins and outs of serving as a liaison officer under the Incident Command Structure. The L956 course provided a critical training opportunity for reservists pursuing further ICS qualifications, as it satisfies the course requirement of ICS- 402 for both the liaison officer and emergency preparedness liaison officers PQS. "Leveraging [this course] and hosting the training at a Coast Guard facility will create significant growth potential in liaison officers and emergency preparedness liaison officers," said Shaefer. However, the ball is back in the member's court now. The personnel who attended the training will return to their home units and follow through with the completion of their PQS. Schaefer said this will result in a 20% increase in qualified personnel. While in the midst of another hurricane season, with members having deployed for response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Olivia, Typhoon Manghut and Hurricane Florence, this training opportunity highlights the efforts so critical and appreciated in ensuring a qualified Reserve force, ready and available for mobilization. Students from Federal Emergency Management Agency L956 Liaison Course gather for a class photo with instructors Capt. Frank Schaefer and Master Sgt. William Matthews. The class was held last August at Base Alameda, Calif. Issue 4 • 2018 � RESERVIST 13

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