Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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The Keys to Success Effectively use limited resources to save lives through a mass rescue operation plan that embraces a standardized incident command system. Embrace a pre-identified response organization using the most likely agencies as the initial command that can transition from crisis management to a managed response. Identify common communication channels and incorporate them into the mass rescue operation plan. Develop and coordinate training exercises and conduct joint drills. Develop and implement lessons learned from the training exercises into updated mass response plans. to achieve the objectives set to save lives and miti- JDWH WKH LQFLGHQW HIÀFLHQWO\ DQG HIIHFWLYHO\ ZLWK WKH resources available. It also allows the responders to change positions as the mission evolves from rescue, to triage and medical aid, to a salvage and recovery incident. When all is said and done, creating and implementing your plan to save lives begins with that initial meet- ing and business card exchange. Exercising the mass rescue operation plans with your partners and stake- KROGHUV ZLOO EHQHÀW HYHU\GD\ RSHUDWLRQV DV ZHOO through knowledge of the capabilities and proce- dures of your mutual aid partners and stakeholders. Successful mass rescue operations require numer- ous agency heads, organization leaders, and Good Samaritans to work together for the common goal of saving lives. About the author: 0U 3DXO &XOYHU LV D 8QLWHG 6WDWHV &RDVW *XDUG SDVVHQJHU YHVVHO VDIHW\ VSHFLDOLVW 24 Proceedings Fall 2011

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