HARPATS 2002. Description of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Harbor Patrol Program at MSO Buffalo, NY Michael Kittell DSO-MS, 9ER US Coast Guard Auxiliary N-TRAIN 2002. Introduction. The Coast Guard Auxiliary provides personnel and facilities to support many “Team Coast Guard” missions.
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Description of the
Coast Guard Auxiliary
Harbor Patrol Program
at MSO Buffalo, NY
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
MSO Buffalo will respond to any oil spill or chemical release that occurs within our area of responsibility (AOR) and that impacts a navigable waterway of the U.S. or any tributary thereto.
For example, if someone dumps used motor oil down a storm drain that leads into a small creek ...that leads directly into Lake Ontario… MSO Buffalo will respond. We will not respond to an inland lake that has no tributary to a navigable waterway. However, we will help to notify the correct agencies.
Boat crew qualification is not necessary to participate in the Harbor Safety Specialist (HSS) program as patrols are done by both conventional waterborne facilities and also by automobile. If the patrol is conducted by waterborne facility the crew manning regulations must be strictly adhered to! If the HSS is neither the qualified coxswain or crew, then these must be filled by qualified Auxiliary personnel.
Automobile HARPATS must be conducted by at least two persons, one of whom holds a valid N.Y. State drivers license and is a qualified HSS. This can be the same person. (The requirements for HSS can be split up or held by one person, as long as all required positions are filled by the members participating in the HARPAT.)
HARPAT Training Requirements