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Flotilla 054-03-03
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS CONTINUE MONTLY SUPPORT TO THE COAST GUARD COMMAND CENTER SCHOOL AT CG TRAINING CENTER YORKTOWN ON 18JUL13

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COAST GUARD COMMAND CENTER SCHOOL STUDENTS SIT AT MOCK COMMAND CENTER CONSOLES AND RESPOND TO TRAINING EXERCISES. IN A SEPARATE FACILITY COAST GUARD AUXILIARISTS PROVIDE THE TRAINING SITUATIONS.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER WALLY JACHIMSKI FOLLOWS AN EXERCISE SCENARIO.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBER FRANS KASTEEL REVIEWS THE NEXT TRAINING SCENARIO.

 

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SECTOR COMMAND CENTERS UTILIZE THE AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (AIS), WHICH IS AN AUTOMATIC TRACKING SYSTEM USED ON SHIPS AND BY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICES (VTS) TO IDENTIFY & LOCATE VESSELS AT SEA AND WHEN ENTERING PORTS.

OBSERVE & TRACK VESSEL TRAFFIC ONLINE AT MARINE TRAFFIC (AIS)

ALSO SUPPORTING THE COMMAND CENTER SCHOOL BUT NOT PICTURED ARE FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS IAN DUNCAN, BRIAN MCARDLE, & HOWARD MONTGOMERY.

 

PRESS RELEASE

LOCAL AUXILIARIST ASSIST IN COAST GUARD TRAINING

You are out on your boat fishing and all of a sudden you discover that your vessel is taking on water or one of your guests has a medical emergency. You call the Coast Guard and request assistance. How do you know that the person you are speaking to understand your emergency and will take the correct action?

The United States Coast Guard has their National Command Center Training School at Yorktown Virginia. Coast Guard personnel come from all over the country to take the three week course. The course includes one week of classroom training and two weeks of hands-on scenarios. The hands-on scenarios are based on real emergencies and are run at real time. Just like real life, multiple scenarios are often run at the same time. Upon completion of the course, students know the process of getting help in any fight on a charter boat, pollution events, an overdue vessel, boat taking on water, medical emergency, terrorist activity and much more.

Auxiliarists, who are volunteers, assist in the training by acting as people calling for help or reporting a problem, Coxswains on Coast Guard boats, Pilots on rescue helicopters, Marine Police and anything else that comes up. Five local Coast Guard Auxiliarist from Flotilla 33 in Kilmarnock assist in the training. Ian Duncan, Frans Kasteel, Brian McArdle, Howard Montgomery and Walter Jachimski participate in the approximately 10 classes held each year.

“This is just another opportunity to assist our Coast Guard,” commented Duncan. “The students are set up as four person teams at simulated stations that are identical to stations at Command Centers,” commented Duncan. “Auxiliary members are set up in another room and call in on a radio or telephone as the scenario dictates.”

“This is just another opportunity to assist our Coast Guard.” It’s amazing the things we can do as an Auxiliary member to be a Force Multiplier for our Military Forces,” stated Jachimski.

 

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