On Wednesday, July 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Camden Yacht Club hosts a talk on the importance of knowing how to deal with emergencies at sea.

Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley, Corrie Roberts from Maine Marine Patrol and Thomas Laci, of the United States Coast Guard will lead the discussion, which will be held at the Yacht Club on Bayview Street.

Farley will lead a hands-on discussion of safety at sea, complete with demos of PFDs, flares, fire extinguishers, cold-water immersion suits, and a deployment of a survival raft. He will be joined by firefighters Scott Entwistle and Matthew Heath, Maine Marine Patrol Officer Roberts, and USCG Operations Petty Officer Laci.

Farley has been in the Fire Service since 1988 and is currently the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director in Camden holding those positions since June 2008. He is an instructor for the Southern Maine Community College's Fire Service Institute. Prior to this he was an instructor in the Marine Fire Training Program at Maine Maritime Academy for 14 years.

Roberts has been in the Maine Marine Patrol for 10 years. She is a sworn state law enforcement officer, as well as the boat captain for the Patrol Vessel Guardian III based out of Rockland. She holds a USCG 100-ton Masters License, has a bachelors degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, is a certified Rescue Diver, a member of the Maine Marine Patrol Whale Disentanglement Team, the Maine Marine Patrol Honor Guard, and the Maine Marine Patrol Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Corrie is also a NASBLA certified Officer Water Survival training instructor.

Laci joined the Coast Guard in January 2003 and attended basic training at Cape May, NJ. During his career, Laci has served on two cutters and three stations performing vessel safety checks that ensure compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations to promote safety, and reduce mishaps. In addition to promoting safety as sea, Laci’s primary missions is Search and Rescue. BM1 Laci has saved or otherwise assisted more than 500 people while in the United States Coast Guard. Laci is currently serving as the Operations P.O. at CG Station Rockland.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.