Free safety training offered for commercial fishermen

JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Bill Ray Center.

This course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the USCG.

Participants will practice, in the water and on a vessel, with emergency equipment that should be onboard any commercial fishing or other sizeable vessel. this includes PFDs, life rafts, immersion suits, EPIRBs and fire extinguishers. They will also practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control.

Participants should bring an immersion suit (if available) and warm clothing since several hours will be spent outside. For more information contact AMSEA in Juneau at 789-2069, or in Sitka at 907-747-3287. Additional information is available online at www.amsea.org.

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