Hazardous material training on tap in Rockland

Posted Oct. 05, 2010, at 11:21 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England will assist the Army’s 11th Civil Support Team with its annual field exercise here on Oct. 6.

The Army’s team is based out of Waterville and trains to provide assistance to state, local and federal authorities in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological incident. This year’s exercise will simulate a response to a contaminated vessel.

A 49-foot Coast Guard aids to navigation boat anchored in Rockland Harbor will play the role of the contaminated vessel in need of assistance. Coast Guard boats and crews from Rockland will provide transportation to and from the anchored vessel and simulate providing security during the exercise.

The Army’s team will launch from and return to the Coast Guard piers in Rockland and will have a mobile command post vehicle on the pier on Oct. 6.

The public may see responders walking around in hazardous materials response gear or simulating decontamination efforts on the Coast Guard pier during this exercise. Coast Guard Station Rockland will inform city officials and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the pier of the exercise before it starts.

For more information, call Dave Sherry at 741-5492.

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