By frhayes | September 22, 2009
On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 8:30 A.M. a multi-jurisdiction and multi-department exercise was conducted at the Carnival Cruise line dock near the Queen Mary. Participants from the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD), included Battalion Chief 2, Engine 6, and Rescue 11 joined by members of the Marine Safety Division that was represented by two Captains, Rescue Boat (RB) 2 and RB 3. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) provided supervisors, divers and their boat. Members from the Los Angeles Port Police (LAPP) also provided their boat for support of the operations. These members combined are all part of a larger group known as the Port Dive Operations Group (PDOG).
The PDOG was developed to support the Coast Guard in increasing port security and to address any other incidents that could jeopardize port operations. The primary goal of the exercise was to simulate “Sweeping” the piers to locate, identify, and mark any simulated hazardous underwater devices. The emphasis of the program is to work together to provide adequate resources and a Unified Command (UC) command structure to efficiently address incidents within the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles. In addition to Port security this team can also perform underwater searches, locate, and conduct recovery and salvage operations of planes, boats, and many other different objects. This is very important not only to assist with investigations, but also to ensure that the waterways entering and leaving the port are clear so that commerce in and out will not be interrupted.
This exercise is a great example of the coordinated effort from all of the jurisdictions and agencies that work in the port to be prepared for the multiple types of incidents that could occur.
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