Safety training courses free for fishermen

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011

JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer two separate 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor courses in Juneau. The first course will be held on Saturday, April 2, and the second course will be held on Saturday, April 9. Both will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bill Ray Center.

These courses meet the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available at no cost to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the USCG.

Participants will practice hands-on, 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, fire extinguishers. They will practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control.

Participants are asked to bring an immersion suit (if available) and warm clothing since several hours will be spent outside. Those interested in this course, or for those wanting additional information, should contact AMSEA in Juneau at 789-2069, or in Sitka at 907-747-3287. Interested parties may also go online to website at

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