2005-07-15 / Columnists

On The Bayfront

By Elisa Hinken

Possible terrorist activities, boating safety and emergency management has always been in the forefront in the minds of the Rockaway community.

Many past activities have surrounded Jamaica Bay, including plane crashes, vessel breakdowns, people lost during swimming and fishing activities, etc.

The Harbor Unit of the New York City Police Department have been actively scouring the area on a proactive basis, as well as answering distress calls of various kinds to help prevent loss of life.

Now we can be assured that additional component addressing water safety: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department at Kennedy International Airport, under the guidance of Inspector Kenneth Honig (a long time friend since my ambulance volunteering days), the Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Police JFK Command.

Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with the support of their Active Duty counter-parts participated in the second 10 day training session for the Officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD) this past June.

The Small Boat Handling Course for Local Law Enforcement, created by the Staff of the Director of Auxiliary, First Coast Guard District, Southern Region is the first of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area.

The course is a specially tailored course, combining many of the elements of the U.S. Coast Guard Seamanship Manual, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safely and Basic Coastal Navigation texts.

The Port Authority Police Department is the 24th largest police department in the nation.

The Police Officers, who serve at one of the four Airport Commands, are also cross-trained in structural firefighting, emergency first aid and now small boat handling. Both the John F Kennedy Command, at New York’s JFK Airport and the LaGuardia Command at New York’s LaGuardia Airport are surrounded by water.

This course will took place at the PAPD training center, as well as other facilities, at John F. Kennedy Airport, and in the surrounding waters of Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Combining the skills and experiences of over forty members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, these volunteers have re-arranged their lives, taken vacation and offered for use their boats, their radios and time.

Asked why he is participating, Hal Maschall, who is the course Deputy Chief Instructor, as well as the Division Captain of Auxiliary Division 13, said “By giving of my time, and my experiences, I know I am adding to Homeland Security, and New York City’s security, where I live.

I’m also a customer of the Airport, and it adds to my family’s personal safety.”

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the Coast Guard, operating both their own vessels and on Coast Guard assets in all missions of the Coast Guard except military and direct law enforcement.

The Auxiliary, which was created by Congress in 1941 currently, has over 30,000 members.

The Small Boat Handling Course concept was born last year when Inspector Kenneth Honig, the Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Police JFK Command, approached Coast Guard Auxiliary member Wayne Spivak, seeking assistance in finding suitable trainers for his men in small boat handling.

The idea was then brought to the attention of CDR John Felker, the Director of Auxiliary for the First Coast Guard District, Southern Region, which encompasses the area from Southern New Jersey to Connecticut, west to Vermont and the Great Lakes region of New York. CDR Felker enthusiastically embraced the concept, assigning his Operations Training Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Mark Ferreira to assist Spivak (who is the Chief Instructor) and Marschall with development of the appropriate course(s). These Auxiliarists tailored the Small Boat Handling Course to meet the needs of this unique Police Department, and their Marine Bureau’s unique mission. What makes the PAPD marine mission unique is that their craft is a “Life Raft Distribution Vessel” (LRDV), with secondary missions as a Patrol and/or Search and Rescue vessel.

The PAPD’s Marine Bureau’s primary mission is to distribute life rafts at a scene of an aircraft landing that occurs in the waters around the airport. Their LRDV boats are capable of distributing life rafts that can hold up to three hundred people, in case of an accidental waterborne landing. In addition to these shallow draft vessels, the PAPD also has jet-ski type boats and airboats, similar to what is used in the Florida Keys to navigate the large marsh areas that make up Jamaica Bay, the primary waters surrounding JFK Airport. Other courses that are being developed for both the PAPD and local law enforcement are Cold Water operations, Air Boat operations and JetSki boat operations.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.

These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941. Its 30,000 members donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

Possible terrorist activities, boating safety and emergency management has always been in the forefront in the minds of the Rockaway community.

Many past activities have surrounded Jamaica Bay, including plane crashes, vessel breakdowns, people lost during swimming and fishing activities, etc.

The Harbor Unit of the New York City Police Department have been actively scouring the area on a proactive basis, as well as answering distress calls of various kinds to help prevent loss of life. Now we can be assured that additional component addressing water safety: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department at Kennedy International Airport, under the guidance of Inspector Kenneth Honig (a long time friend since my ambulance volunteering days), the Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Police JFK Command.

Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with the support of their Active Duty counter-parts participated in the second 10 day training session for the Officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD) this past June.

The Small Boat Handling Course for Local Law Enforcement, created by the Staff of the Director of Auxiliary, First Coast Guard District, Southern Region is the first of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area. The course is a specially tailored course, combining many of the elements of the U.S. Coast Guard Seamanship Manual, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safely and Basic Coastal Navigation texts.

The Port Authority Police Department is the 24th largest police department in the nation.

The Police Officers, who serve at one of the four Airport Commands, are also cross-trained in structural firefighting, emergency first aid and now small boat handling. Both the John F Kennedy Command, at New York’s JFK Airport and the LaGuardia Command at New York’s LaGuardia Airport are surrounded by water.

This course will took place at the PAPD training center, as well as other facilities, at John F. Kennedy Airport, and in the surrounding waters of Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Combining the skills and experiences of over forty members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, these volunteers have re-arranged their lives, taken vacation and offered for use their boats, their radios and time.

Asked why he is participating, Hal Maschall, who is the course Deputy Chief Instructor, as well as the Division Captain of Auxiliary Division 13, said “By giving of my time, and my experiences, I know I am adding to Homeland Security, and New York City’s security, where I live.

I’m also a customer of the Airport, and it adds to my family’s personal safety.”

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the Coast Guard, operating both their own vessels and on Coast Guard assets in all missions of the Coast Guard except military and direct law enforcement.

The Auxiliary, which was created by Congress in 1941 currently, has over 30,000 members.

The Small Boat Handling Course concept was born last year when Inspector Kenneth Honig, the Commanding Officer of the Port Authority Police JFK Command, approached Coast Guard Auxiliary member Wayne Spivak, seeking assistance in finding suitable trainers for his men in small boat handling.

The idea was then brought to the attention of CDR John Felker, the Director of Auxiliary for the First Coast Guard District, Southern Region, which encompasses the area from Southern New Jersey to Connecticut, west to Vermont and the Great Lakes region of New York.

CDR Felker enthusiastically embraced the concept, assigning his Operations Training Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Mark Ferreira to assist Spivak (who is the Chief Instructor) and Marschall with development of the appropriate course(s).

These Auxiliarists tailored the Small Boat Handling Course to meet the needs of this unique Police Department, and their Marine Bureau’s unique mission.

What makes the PAPD marine mission unique is that their craft is a “Life Raft Distribution Vessel” (LRDV), with secondary missions as a Patrol and/or Search and Rescue vessel.

The PAPD’s Marine Bureau’s primary mission is to distribute life rafts at a scene of an aircraft landing that occurs in the waters around the airport.

Their LRDV boats are capable of distributing life rafts that can hold up to three hundred people, in case of an accidental waterborne landing.

addition to these shallow draft vessels, the PAPD also has jet-ski type boats and airboats, similar to what is used in the Florida Keys to navigate the large marsh areas that make up Jamaica Bay, the primary waters surrounding JFK Airport.

Other courses that are being developed for both the PAPD and local law enforcement are Cold Water operations, Air Boat operations and JetSki boat operations.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941. Its 30,000 members donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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