Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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Update the SMC, jointly identifying the best available ODQGLQJ VLWH IRU HYDFXHHV WR EH RIÁRDGHG DQG ÀQDOL]H your rescue plan. Brief the Plan Before conducting any action, brief your crew so everyone understands who does what, why, where, when, and how. It's very important that all under- stand the plan and their roles in it; otherwise you may cause more problems than you solve. Work the Plan Once on scene, take control and activate your plan. Manage other arriving rescue vessels and provide directions or tasking according to your plan. People FRPH ÀUVW ERDWV DQG HTXLSPHQW ODWHU 5HFRYHU WKRVH LQ WKH ZDWHU ZLWKRXW SHUVRQDO ÁRWDWLRQ GHYLFHV ÀUVW especially in cold water regions. Assign a crewmember to begin a written log to track all rescue resources as they arrive or depart and record the recovery of people from the distressed vessel. Double-check the number of people recovered on each rescue vessel. Accuracy is critical. If possible, UH FRQÀUP ZLWK WKH GLVWUHVVHG PDVWHU WKH QXPEHU RI people aboard. Do the math to determine if everyone is rescued or some are still missing. Continue to stress safety to everyone, and caution other rescue vessels not to exceed their capabilities. Most important, keep the SAR mission coordinator updated on the situation, especially the number of people recovered. Rescue efforts continue until everyone is accounted for or until the Coast Guard cancels operations. Closing Recommendation Discuss with your crew their level of comfort if asked to assume the functions of an OSC, and determine what additional training or skills are required for their success. If needed, develop a company basic res- cue assistance plan or policies, and make it part of your training program. As required, request basic SAR support training from the local sector command, and investigate opportuni- ties to conduct joint training with the Coast Guard or other SAR organizations. About the authors: Mr. Rick Janelle, U.S. Coast Guard passenger vessel safety special- ist, has 30 years of active, reserve, and civilian emergency response and planning experience with the U.S. Coast Guard. Since 2002, he has been actively involved in maritime mass rescue response plan- ning, especially the critically important shore-side component. Mr. Paul Webb is a U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue special- ist, with 21 years of active duty experience. For the past nine years, during his civilian service, he has been responsible for planning and coordinating active search and rescue cases, planning search and res- cue exercises, and developing policies for responding to search and rescue emergencies. LT Byron Hayes has served in the Coast Guard for 10 years, six of which have been spent working in command centers. LT Hayes has been stationed in Portsmouth, Va.; assigned to the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area Command Center; and assigned to Sector Juneau, coordinating search and rescue response efforts in Juneau, Alaska. 54 Proceedings Fall 2011

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