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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65 Spring 2015 Proceedings Typically, the NSF responds to an average of 30 signifcant hazardous material cases annually. These cases may take weeks to months to mitigate, and it is not uncommon for some of the more complex sites to take multiple deployments and years to complete. The NSF uses these responses — com- bined with extensive training programs — to build its spe- cialty knowledge, hone technical skills, and gain the neces- sary profciency to professionally respond to emergency or national-level WMD or CBRN incidents. Lighter Aboard Ships Response In 2013, the City of West Sacramento, California, requested the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery and the EPA to assess several derelict vessels, including two lighter aboard ships (LASH) barges and a foating dry dock that were abandoned near the Port of West Sacramento. The National Strike Force (NSF) consists of three strike teams, staged throughout the nation, ready to respond at a moment's notice to emergent hazardous material and oil spill incidents, as well as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. The NSF not only supports the Coast Guard, but also the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy, as well as multiple other government agencies. This provides an opportunity for the NSF to learn skills from a diverse range of responses and responders. Experience Can Be the Best Teacher Building federal all-hazmat response profciency. by LT BryAn nArAnJo Operations Offcer, Response Offcer U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force LTJG leigH vAn leAr Incident Management Division U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco HAZMAT Response One of the two barges at the West Sacramento LASH barge site. MSTC Thomas Watts and MK2 Jeffrey Burby collect samples at the West Sacramento LASH barge site. A team of NSF responders identify the haz- ardous substance at the West Sacramento LASH barge site. U.S. Coast Guard photos by LT Bryan Naranjo.

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