From the field: Coast Guardsmen and Milwaukee Firefighters conduct joint familiarization training of a Great Lakes freighter

Guest post written by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan:


PORT OF MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Coast Guardsmen from Sector Lake Michigan tour the engine room of the vessel Burns Harbor for joint vessel familiarization training with the Milwaukee Fire Department, Feb. 8, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens


More than 30 Coast Guardsmen based at Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wis., and more than 70 Milwaukee firefighters conducted joint familiarization training on the vessel Burns Harbor, from Feb. 6-8, 2012.

The vessel Burns Harbor, operated by American Steamship Company, is docked in the Port of Milwaukee during the winter months for dockside maintenance. The familiarization training was intended to provide local first responders the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the interior of the ship, and locate firefighting and safety equipment in case an emergency situation were to occur while the vessel is moored in Milwaukee.

They received tours of the engine room, cargo holds, the bridge and some common spaces.

PORT OF MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Coast Guardsmen and Milwaukee firefighters board the motor vessel Burns Harbor to begin familiarization training, Feb. 8, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens

“Training like this allows us to build upon our partnerships with Milwaukee Fire Department and the maritime industry,” said Rich Baker, a marine inspector from Sector Lake Michigan. “If an emergency were to occur onboard the ship, the training received is vital to ensure the mission is successful.”

The training was initiated during Sector Lake Michigan’s Coast Guard industry day, held at the Port of Milwaukee during the first week of November. The industry day allowed the Coast Guard to strengthen partnerships and share ideas with members of the maritime industry.

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