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LT Tracy Wirth USCG Office of Incident Management and Preparedness. Use of Volunteers During Oil Spill Response. 40 CFR 300.5: Volunteer-any individual accepted to perform services by the lead agency which has authority to accept volunteer services. What is a Volunteer?.

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Use of volunteers during oil spill response

Use of Volunteers During Oil Spill Response


What is a volunteer

40 CFR 300.5: Volunteer-any individual accepted to perform services by the lead agency which has authority to accept volunteer services.

What is a Volunteer?

Unaffiliated Volunteer

Paid Volunteer

Unpaid Volunteer

Convergent Volunteer

Affiliated Volunteer

Volunteer Management Agency


History of volunteer use in oil spill response

  • Volunteers have responded to oil spills in the past: services by the lead agency which has authority to accept volunteer services.

    • T/V EXXON VALDEZ- March 1989

      • Wildlife rescue--->spill response

    • M/T ATHOS I- November 2004

      • Wildlife rescue (Audobon Society; Delaware River Keepers; Tri-State Bird Rescue)

    • M/V HEBEI SPIRIT- December 2007

      • +1 million volunteers

      • Private citizens, S. Korean government; US government

    • M/V COSCO BUSAN- November 2007

History of Volunteer Use in Oil Spill Response


Nongovernmental participation

  • 40 CFR 300.185 services by the lead agency which has authority to accept volunteer services.

  • (a) Industry groups, academic organizations, and others are

  • encouraged to commit resources for response operations.

  • (c) ACPs shall establish procedures to allow for well organized, worthwhile, and safe use of volunteers….” ACPs should provide for the direction of volunteers by the OSC/RPM or by other federal, state, or local officials knowledgeable in contingency operations and capable of providing leadership. ACPs also should identify specific areas in which volunteers can be used…. Unless specifically requested by the OSC/RPM, volunteers should not be used for physical removal….volunteers shall be restricted from on-scene operations”

Nongovernmental Participation


Key concepts from draft nrt use of volunteers tad

Key Concepts from “DRAFT” NRT Use of Volunteers TAD


Key concepts cont d

Key Concepts cont'd...


Coast guard interim policy

Coast Guard Interim Policy


Challenges

  • Liability Workgroup but meet the specific needs of CG Federal OSCs;

    • For volunteers

    • For volunteer actions

    • Exposure of the RP to injury lawsuits

  • Volunteer Safety and Health

    • OSHA Standard

    • EPA Standard

  • Avoid subversion of rule-making process

    • Implication for guidance that may be contradictory to policy

  • Congressional Interest

Challenges


Corporation for national community service cncs

  • Independent Federal Agency Workgroup but meet the specific needs of CG Federal OSCs;

  • Experience includes:

    • Volunteer outreach;

    • Volunteer communication;

    • Volunteer training; and

    • Volunteer management

    • Work with FEMA through ESF #8

Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS)


Memorandum of understanding cncs uscg and epa

Memorandum of Understanding--- CNCS, USCG, and EPA


Project status

  • NRT TAD- program;

    • 80%; need to develop solid recommendations;

    • Determining the need for additional policy interpretations from EPA;

    • WS&H Committee reviewing training portion of document; and

    • Incident Command System Organization recommendation.

Project Status


Project status cont d

  • CG Policy- program;

    • 99%; need to complete minor changes

  • MOU-

    • 90%; route through RRTs then EPA and CG chains of command.

Project Status cont'd...


Unified command options
Unified Command Options program;

Unified Command

Liaison Officer

Volunteer Officer

Assistant Liaison Officer

Planning Section Chief

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Unit Leader


Questions? program;Office of Incident Management & PreparednessMr. Joe Bonn (202) 372 -2250LT Tracy Wirth (202) 372 -2236 LTJG Leora Saviano (202) 372 -2251


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