exercise will depict a large oil spill threatening wildlife, aquatic species,
shoreline habitat and nearby infrastructure. USCG 13th District Response and
Advisory Team (DRAT) will instruct Corps’ personnel how to deploy containment
booms from the Corps’ Marine Vessel Puget in accordance with the Northwest Area
Contingency and Geographic Response Plans to capture and isolate the spill.
is a great opportunity for the crews to test their readiness and work together
as we would in a real incident,” said Brian Wilson, Corps exercise coordinator.
DRAT, a small group of active duty and civilian personnel with spill
management, response equipment and response techniques expertise, will expand
on the Corps’ training, enhancing their abilities if needed in a real-world
will practice roles and responsibilities, test response capabilities, learn
boom deployment techniques and talk through appropriate command management
structures. Practicing these skills will help identify strengths and those
weaknesses that need work.
Corps recently acquired some of the spill response equipment the DRAT maintains
throughout the region. This exercise helps build a close working relationship
and gives the Corps valuable training on the equipment.
members in-depth knowledge of the Pacific Northwest's unique environmental and
geographic features makes them an indispensable resource for technical and
logistical support,” Wilson said. “Exercises like this are a good way to learn
each other’s capabilities and let the public know the work we do to ensure their
health and safety,” Wilson said.
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