Free safety classes offered to commercial fishermen May 16 and 17

May 03, 2019

Tenants Harbor — Maine’s commercial fishermen will have the opportunity to learn life-saving skills and sharpen their knowledge of critical safety techniques during two upcoming programs sponsored by the nonprofit Fishing Partnership Support Services.

Safety and Survival Training will be held Thursday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. George Town Hall, 3 School St. Drill Conductor Training will be held at the same location Friday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for either program, and lunch will be provided both days.

Safety and Survival Training will cover man-overboard procedures, onboard firefighting, emergency communications, flood and pump operation, survival suits, life raft reployment and boarding and basic first aid.

Drill Conductor Training prepares and certifies fishermen to conduct emergency drills at sea, as federal regulations require monthly drills on commercial fishing boats operating beyond the U.S. boundary line. Emergency situations addressed in this training include man overboard, fire, damage control and abandon ship. There will be an emergency procedures class in the morning and practice drills aboard a docked vessel in the afternoon.

As a prerequisite for Drill Conductor Training, fishermen must have taken the Safety and Survival Training within the previous 12 months.

Walk-ins are welcome on the day of each program, but preregistration is strongly recommended. Fishermen may register online by going to fishingpartnership.org or by calling Nina Groppo at 978-282-4847.

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