Commercial fishermen can take advantage of free safety training programs that will be offered next week at the Montauk Coast Guard Station.
Fishing Partnership Support Services, a Massachusetts organization that supports the health and well-being of fishing families, will present a safety and survival training program on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Coast Guard station on Star Island Road.
On-board firefighting, man-overboard procedures, flooding and pump operations, flares and emergency positioning devices, survival suits, life raft equipment, helicopter hoist and rescue procedures, and first aid will be covered during the program. That course is a prerequisite for drill conductor training the following day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., which prepares and certifies fishermen to conduct emergency drills at sea. Situations to be addressed include man overboard, fire, damage control, and abandon ship. An emergency procedures class happens in the morning, with practice drills aboard a docked vessel to follow in the afternoon.
A team of safety instructors will lead the programs, which will also be held at the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station in Wantagh next Thursday and on Friday, April 29.
Walk-ins will be welcomed on the day of each program, but advance registration has been advised by signing up at fishingpartnership.org or calling Deb Kelsey at 508-884-6661.