Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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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6 Proceedings Spring 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings The U.S. Department of State coordinates all international support, which, in many cases, is predetermined and out- lined in existing international agreements between the U.S. and other countries. Personnel The NSF currently boasts more than 200 hazmat technicians who are qualifed in specialized response techniques, site safety, hazard mitigation and source control, incident man- agement and command and control support, cost manage- ment, and photo documentation. The strike force maintains three 12-person hazmat teams at all times — one at each strike team location — ready to deploy in response to any request for assistance. Each 12-person team has four members on call ready to deploy within two hours of notifcation, and an additional eight members on call ready to deploy within six hours of notifcation with all The National Strike Force (NSF), established in 1973 to com- bat large oil spills in support of the federal on-scene coordi- nator (FOSC), has transformed during the last 40 years into a robust, worldwide, all-hazard response organization. Comprised of the Gulf Strike Team, the Pacifc Strike Team, the Atlantic Strike Team, and the National Strike Force Coordination Center, the NSF plans for and responds to: • major oil spills; • hazardous material (hazmat) releases; • vessel lightering and salvage; • natural disasters; • weapons of mass destruction and other chemical, bio- logical, and radiological events. Today's National Strike Force National Strike Force all-hazard response capabilities. by LT Scott Houle Operations Offcer U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team BM1 Kenny tucKer U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team History and Heritage

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