I am writing from Fishing Partnership Support Services. With one of four port office in Gloucester, we are dedicated to improving the health, safety, and economic security of commercial fishermen, their families, and their communities.
We will be hosting a free, two-day safety training for commercial fishermen at U.S. Coast Guard Station, Gloucester on April 13th, and 14th. We invite your coverage of this training in either pre-date sharing of information and/or coverage of the training itself.
Below, I have included a bit more detail regarding what transpires during each day of training:
· Day One: Safety & Survival
This training is designed for all fishermen, including crewmen, to learn or hone fundamental skills. Through hands-on training, fishermen learn about EPIRBs, Signal Flares, MAYDAY Calls, Man Overboard Recovery, Firefighting, Flooding & Damage Control, Dewatering Pumps, Immersion Suits, PFDs, & Life Rafts. Commercial Fishermen who attend are eligible for a 50% rebate off a Lifejacket they purchase after the trainings.
· Day Two: Drill Conductor Certification
During this second day, fishermen dig deeper into what they learned in the Safety & Survival Class, including new information in cold-water survival, helicopter rescues, stability, liability, and emergency procedures. Fishermen who complete these two days of training are Alaska Marine Safety Education Association certified Drill Conductors, which meets USCG requirements under 46 CFR 28.270(c).
While commercial fishermen work in one of the most dangerous occupations in the country, we endeavor to equip them with the knowledge and skills to fish more safely. At-sea preparedness has proven to save lives. Please visit our website, www.fishingpartnership.org to learn more.