ISS3 2012

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Sector Houston Galveston Incident Management Division Hosts Pollution Responder College By MST1 Theodore A. Neitzschman Sector Houston Galveston Incident Management Division (IMD) hosted a Pollution Responder College on August 6, 2012 in Pasadena, Texas. Active duty, reserve and auxiliary members from Sector Houston Galveston, Marine Safety Unit Texas City, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, and Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles attended the one week course at the Bayport Cruise Terminal operated by the Port of Houston. The curriculum consisted of three and a half days of classroom training and one and a half days of handsǦon ϐield exercises and industry familiarization. The training team from Eighth Coast Guard District Response Advisory Team (DRAT) consisted of Lt. mdrǤ en Tilimon. Organizing the course was Sector Houston-Galveston IMD hief tǤ mdrǤ oundsǡ tǤ ereme ltendorf and evin oyd and Upon arrival at the Bayport Cruise Terminal students received opening remarks from eserve ʹ ilimonǤ hief tǤ and MSTC Jorge Torres. The students were quickly immersed in their ϐirst class moduleǢ environmental law. The understanding of these laws is the basis for the Coast Guard's response and regulatory authority. This was the largest of the modules taught. Over the next three days students were exposed to modules consisting of Properties of Oil, the National Contingency Plan, Pollution Prevention, pill otiϐicationǡ and Response Efforts. At the end of each day the instructors remained in the classroom for follow-on discussions with students and to sign off any demonstrated performance qualiϐication standard (PQS) in which the students could demonstrate proϐiciencyǤ Thursday began with a review of the previous course material Ǥ achary arnett ʹ atthew cleanup techniques. The students were broken into teams and were able to visit the stations that were set up to allow hands-on training. A tour of a response trailer was given to help familiarize students with the type of resources a contractor would have on hand during a pollution response. A vacuum truck with a skimmer demonstration by OMI response personnel highlighted both its practical ϐield use and its limitationsǤ inallyǡ a boom response trailer ϐilled with multiple types of boom was placed on display with response personnel explaining the different booms speciϐicationsǡ uses and limitations. These demonstrations and hands-on question and answer periods helped prepare the students for the next day's boom deployment exercise. n the ϐinal day of the training a boom deployment exercise was planned in conjunction with OMI Environmental Solutions. Just prior to the start of the exercises, Rear Adm. Roy Nash, Eighth District Commander, paid a visit to the training and exercise site and addressed the participants. Following Rear Adm. Nash's comments, the exercise was underway. The students were split into response teams that were mixed with active, reserve, auxiliary and industry personnel and given a task to a ccompl ish. All attendees Pollution responder course students experience the daunting task of hauling hard boom back onto a response platform. were able to deploy boom from a response vessel and use mechanical means to corral the mock oil spill. Though only 100 feet was used for this exercise, oil spill response organizations routinely haul over a thousand feet at a time. In all, the class was quite a success according to Lt. Cmdr. Boyd. followed by guest speaker, Mrs. Rhonda Murgatroyd with Wildlife Response Services, LLC. A veteran of 15 years in the wildlife rehabilitation arena, she was able to share her years of experience and regulatory knowledge with those in attendance. In addition to an informative discussion on how wildlife are properly cleaned and released, Mrs. Murgatroyd also brought a response trailer so attendees might better understand the materials used in wildlife rescue response through hands on observation. The day ended with a site visit to Marina Bay Harbor Yacht Club in preparation for Friday's boom deployment exercise. A member of the pollution response community, OMI Environmental Solutions, was on hand with response equipment and personnel standing by to answer questions and give demonstrations of "The Pollution Response College has given newly assigned active duty personnel, reservists, and auxiliarists performing in the capacity as Assistant Pollution Responders, a solid foundation on the basics of pollution response. Equally as valuable was the strengthened network across the approximate 60 students, instructors, industry, and pollution response leadership." oyd went on to note thatǡ Dzspeciϐic to the reserve communityǡ this one-week course allowed reservists to schedule a second week of annual training in order to gain ϐield experience and achieve signatures towards qualiϐications at their respective drilling unitǤ Every attendee went back to their respective units with added knowledge of the pollution response world and the signed-off PQS necessary to work toward their Pollution Responder board. This was an extraordinary opportunity, and we are thankful for everyone who helped put this together." ᕇ *TTVF t ᕇ RESERVIST 29

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