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OR&R Staff Mentor Participants in USCG Environmental Response Industry Training Program

APRIL 27, 2020 — Periodically over the years, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) active duty members interested in learning more about spill science will shadow a Scientific Support Coordinator or other member of OR&R’s Emergency Response Division under the USCG Marine Environmental Response Industry Training Program. 

ERMA map.
ERMA screenshot from an oil spill exercise in southern California depicting a series of trajectory model estimates. Image credit: NOAA.

At the moment, Emergency Response Division staff are currently mentoring two junior officers in the Pacific.

One officer is currently attached to the USCG’s Pacific Strike Team, a specialized team of oil/hazmat responders that works with SSCs quite frequently during spills and disaster responses. She is remotely shadowing the California SSC and hopes to learn more about NOAA spill tools and expertise as well as how we tailor those assets to the unique needs of a given response. She has also shadowed other responders from California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and with EPA Region 9.

The other officer is currently stationed at USCG Sector Honolulu and is similarly interested in response tools and how they are used. He is remotely shadowing the SSC for the Pacific Islands and has also shadowed responders from industry (Marine Spill Response Corporation and National Response Corporation) and the State of Hawaii’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) office.  He will soon transition to Sector New Orleans, where he will continue to work with SSCs and OR&R Emergency Response Division staff.  

In addition to the varied experiences these young officers will gain by temporarily embedding with a variety of responders, many NOAA tools have been touched on with more to come.  Here are some of the topics covered thus far:

Contact Jordan.Stout@noaa.gov or Ruth.Yender@noaa.gov for more information.

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Last updated May. 1, 2020