Reservist

ISS1 2019

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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Just add water Story and photos by Petty Ofcer 1st Class Matthew Masaschi, PACAREA Public Affairs Splash! Ever jump into a pool from six feet off the ground, fully clothed with more than 60 extra pounds strapped to you? Coast Guard Reserve personnel from Port Security Unit 312, based in San Francisco, recently did just this—over and over again as they conducted their annual water survival training in the pool at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. Coast Guard members who don body armor, such as personnel from PSUs, MSSTs, MSRTs and boarding team members, wear tactical inflatable, side-pouch personal flotation devices, which are compatible with their law enforcement gear. These emergency flotation devices provide operators with enough buoyancy to safely bring them to the surface should they enter the water during a boarding or while providing security on piers or other maritime infrastructures and facilities. Crew members undergo hours of training using these PFDs to build the muscle memory needed to survive should they enter the water. By the end of the training evolution, the crews know how the units are packed and configured, how to ensure the emergency hydrostatic inflation devices are intact, operational and charged with CO2 canisters, how to manually inflate the devices and how to quickly jettison their body armor. They practice this by jumping into the pool numerous times from the deck and from an elevated platform. Crews continuously train for worst-case scenarios, better preparing them when they face adverse situations in the field. Coast Guard Reserve personnel assigned to Port Security Unit 312, based in San Francisco, conduct annual water survival training at Base Alameda, Calif., Jan. 11. Coast Guard members who don body armor including personnel assigned to PSUs, MSSTs, MSRTs and boarding teams wear tactical in€atable side pouch personnel €otation devices which are compatible with their law enforcement gear to provide operators needed buoyancy to bring them to the surface should they enter the water during a boarding or while providing security on piers or other maritime infrastructures and facilities. Issue 1 • 2019 � RESERVIST 11

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