Free Health Services at Safe Boating Day at US Coast Guard Station in Gloucester Saturday May 21st

Here is CWO2 Luis Munoz at US Coast Guard Station Gloucester speaking about Boater’s Safety Day.

I’ve attended this event in the past and there really are some interesting things to see.  It’s not just for commercial fishermen, the entire public would enjoy the event and it’s free.  Iespecially encourage people to bring their children, they have some cool demonstrations.

On Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. free health screenings, vaccines, access to health insurance, overdose prevention training, safety resources and other educational materials will be provided by: Addison Gilbert Hospital Gloucester Family Health Center CAB Health & Recovery Services Gloucester Health Department and Healthy Gloucester Collaborative

This program will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, 14 Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  There is no fee and all are welcome to attend.

For further information about the health fair, please contact Kathy Day at Gloucester Health Department 866-964-4604.

The free health fair is being held in conjunction with Safe Boating Day that will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The event is help to promote safe boating awareness through demonstrations and informational booths.

“The goal is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season,” said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, the commanding officer of Station Gloucester.

The station will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations to include a live helicopter demonstration from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, MA, damage control simulations, live distress flare exercises, de-watering pump operation and live fire extinguisher demonstrations and flare demonstration.

Information on commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and its vessels, structured boating and paddling safety and various booth will be available to visitors.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be offering free vessel safety exams for recreational vessels at the boat launch, located by the Gloucester High School and at the Gloucester Harbor Masters dock for vessels not on trailers. If the inspection is conducted at the boat ramp, and the vessel passes the inspection by the examiner, the launch fee of $10. will be waived by the City of Gloucester.

Tour of the station and of the visiting U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island, a 110-foot patrol boat will be available to the public during the day’s event.  Partnering and businesses along with the Coast Guard will have booths set up throughout the station grounds to offer information on:

– VHF radio and digital selective calling/distress operation

– Salvage

– Medical information and Services

– Boating Under the Influence

– Commercial vessels

– Kayaking safety

– Cold water survival

– Fire extinguishers and operation

Representatives include:  U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, State of MA Marine Environmental Protection, Commercial fishing safety representatives, Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association, Gloucester Fire Department, Gloucester Harbor Master, Gloucester Police Department, REI, Seatronics and North Shore Fire.

Parking for these events are available at the lot adjacent to the Building Center and on Harbor Loop.

For more information about the Safe Boating Day Events, please contact Adam Smart at 978-283-0705.

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