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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Oil Spill Responding Admissions - Oil Spill Responding

Massachusetts Maritime Academy held its first Oil Spill Response Workshop for local first responders on June 19, 2014. Forty first responders representing the Bourne Fire Department, Onset Fire Department, Bourne Harbormaster, United States Coast Guard (USCG), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and MMA’s Marine Operations division spent the day in classroom presentations, round-table discussions, and in-water oil spill response exercises. Responders practiced oil-boom deployment and recovery exercises with the Academy’s oil skimmer in Buttermilk Bay.

The Workshop was made available with support from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to train local responders to prepare and respond to oil spills in Buzzards Bay.  Scott Metzger, Clean Harbors Senior Vice President of Emergency Services, was the guest lecturer.  The objective of the workshop was to test the Massachusetts Geographic Response Plans for oil spills in the region.  It also offered opportunities for responders to train on actual oil spill response equipment owned and maintained by the Academy for training and emergency preparedness.  This equipment is also utilized to train cadets who major in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) and Emergency Management. 

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last updated 7-3-2014 by deaton@maritime.edu