FLOTILLA 33 WARNS BOATERS TO CHECK KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR RECALL
ALMOST 40 MILLION KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE BEING RECALLED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. CHANCES ARE THAT YOU HAVE ONE ABOARD YOUR BOAT OR IN YOUR HOME.
ACCORDING TO THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, THE EXTINGUISHERS CAN GET CLOGGED AND UNABLE TO USE. IN ADDITION, A GREAT DEAL OF FORCE MAY BE NEEDED & FAIL TO WORK, JUST WHEN YOU NEED IT. INJURY HAS ALSO BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO THE NOZZLE COMING OFF WITH ENOUGH FORCE TO CAUSE A SERIOUS IMPACT.
FLOTILLA 33 WARNS BOATERS TO CHECK FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR RECALL
Almost 40 million, yes that’s right almost 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled by the Federal Governmant. Chances are that you have one aboard your boat or in your home.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the extinguishers can get clogged and unable to be used. In addition, a great deal of force may be needed and fail to work, just when you need it the most. Injury has also been attributed to the nozzle coming off with enough force to cause a serious impact.
The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic-handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator extinguishers.
For a complete list of recalled fire extinguishers visit this site:
The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models made from Jan. 2, 2012, through Aug. 15, 2017, are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.
Flotilla 33 urges that consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement and to obtain instructions on returning the recalled unit.
For questions, call Kidde’s toll-free number at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or go online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall Notice.”
AUX 17617 ASSISTS DISABLED PWC ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ON 21SEP17
DON GALLAGHER ABOARD AUX 17617 ON THE TOW WATCH. SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS REQUESTED THAT AUX 17617 SEARCH FOR & ASSIST THE DISABLED PWC WITH 2 PERSONS ONBOARD. THE DISABLED PWC WAS TOWED FROM THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER TO YANKEE POINT MARINA.
It was a pretty routine Coxswain recertification checkride for AUXFAC 17617. All tasks were successfully completed by Coxswain Jim Thomas. Thomas and his crew of Don Gallagher and Brian McArdle were headed back to the facility’s home dock. On board was QE Wally Jachimski.
Things changed quickly at 1350 when Thomas received a call from AUX Frans Kasteel, Watchstander at Coast Guard Station Milford Haven asking if we were available to locate and possibly assist a disabled PWC near the mouth of the Corrotoman River.
Keeping TCT in mind, Thomas quickly polled the crew and responded “we are ready.” Although it was QE Wally Jachimski’s wedding anniversary and he had plans for a nice dinner out, he was in agreement to assist the disabled vessel. AUXFAC 17617 turned around and headed for the mouth of the Corrotoman River while waiting for a call from Coast Guard Sector Hampton Road’s Command Center. At 1410, PO Gordon from the Command Center asked Thomas to proceed and locate the PWC with 2 POB. At this time, QE Jachimski, switched hats and became a member of the crew.
Since the location of the PWC was a little uncertain, a second trackline search of the day was performed. First one was part of the recertification and the second was for the SAR case. Upon arriving at the mouth of the Corrotoman River and not seeing the disabled PWC, Thomas contacted Sector and requested the PWC operator’s phone number. The operator of the PWC said he was located halfway between the Corrotoman River and Carter’s Creek. Again, no disabled PWC. For those unfamiliar with the Rappahannock River, the river is more than 2 ˝ miles wide at this point. “Looking for a PWC at this point in the river is not easy,” commented Thomas. “However, our crew spotted a small item about a mile and half away after we began our search and we went to investigate.”
“Several MARBs (Marine Assistance Request Bulletins) were issued by Sector during this time,” commented Jachimski. “However, there was not another boat visible in any direction.” Understandably, the people on the disabled craft were glad to see the Auxiliary arrive after being stranded on a large body of water with no help in sight where the temperature was 88 degrees and they had no cover. The PWC had taken on water which disabled their electrical system and left them stranded.
The SAR case ended at 1635 when the disabled PWC was towed to a marina and the two passengers were safely ashore.
It was a long day for the Auxiliarists, who did not realize that they would have to convert to a SAR mission after a Coxswain checkride. So the QE did his job observing all the tasks of recertification and then was able to participate as crew in a real mission.
However, there is another twist to the story.
Of course the Coxswain and Crew were from Flotilla 33, but so
was the QE. But wait, the
Watchstander, Frans Kasteel, at Station Milford Haven, who made the
call to AUXFAC 17617, is also a member of Flotilla 33!
Talk about a team effort.
The Auxiliary, like the Coast Guard is Semper Paratus.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS, SPOUSES, & GUESTS VISIT THE SUBMARINE TRAINING CENTER & TOUR THE USS HELENA AT NORFOLK NAVAL BASE ON 09SEP17
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS, SPOUSES, & GUESTS IN FRONT OF RAMAGE HALL AT THE NORFOLK NAVAL BASE.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS, SPOUSES, & GUESTS ABOARD THE CHARTER BUS TO NORFOLK NAVAL BASE.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS, SPOUSES, & GUESTS ALSO RECEIVED A TOUR OF THE LOS ANGELES-CLASS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE USS HELENA SSN 725.
FLOTILLA 33 ASSISTS TOWN OF KILMARNOCK IN THE DEDICATION OF THE NEW TOWN CENTRE PARK ON SATURDAY 08JUL17
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS ATTENDING THE DEDICATION OF TOWN CENTRE PARK (L TO R): IAN DUNCAN, WALTER MONTROSS, MARY MCCOIG, OWEN MCGUILL, BM3 CARTWRIGHT (C.G. STATION MILFORD HAVEN), BOB WHITE, DAVID POPE, MARY JANE STARBUCKS-HINKINS, BRIAN MCARDLE, DAVID HINKINS, & PAT HOGAN. NOT PICTURED WAS MIKE KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHER.
COLORS TO THE FLAG POLES.
PREPARING TO RAISE THE COLORS.
PAT HOGAN (L), FLOTILLA 33 VICE COMMANDER, & BM3 CARTWRIGHT PREPARING TO RAISE THE NATIONAL ENSIGN AT THE DEDICATION OF TOWN CENTRE PARK.
A GREAT DAY FOR THE TOWN OF KILMARNOCK!
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS AMY THOMAS & JIM THOMAS, & FLOTILLA 16-01 MEMBER ALLEN FREDD RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD SECURITY CENTER ON SATURDAY 18 FEB 17
(L TO R): JIM THOMAS, AMY THOMAS, & ALLEN FREDD WITH SECURITY CENTER CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION.
(L TO R): CDR STEVEN FACHKO, DIRECTOR OF AUXILIARY D5SR, AMY THOMAS, JIM THOMAS, ALLEN FREDD, RDML MEREDITH AUSTIN, COMMANDER FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT, & DAVID ADAMS, DISTRICT COMMODORE, D5SR. MICHELLE THORNTON, DISTRICT CHIEF OF STAFF, D5SR OBSERVES FROM THE PODIUM.
SECCEN CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION
Per Department Of Homeland Security, to become a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard Auxiliary, an applicant must undergo a Personal Security Investigation (PSI) coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard Security Center (SECCEN). Once a Member Application and associated documents are received and processed by the District Director of Auxiliary (DIRAUX), they are submitted to SECCEN who coordinates the background checks with the Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Once the investigation is complete the info is reported to SECCEN and the case is assigned to an Adjudicator who reviews all documents and if all are in order sends the case to an Active Coast Guard Team Member for Second Review and Favorable Determination.
Since April 2016 an Adjudication Team of 8 Coast Guard and Auxiliary members have been conducting the initial and second reviews for Application Pending (AP) Members in all 16 Coast Guard Auxiliary Districts nationwide. From 04/10/16 thru 03/06/2017 over 3,200 AP member cases have been processed with Favorable Adjudications allowing the members to be moved from AP status if all other qualification standards have been met.
During the 5TH District Southern Board Meeting Banquet in Williamsburg VA on Saturday February 18, 2017, 3 Adjudication Team Members were presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the United States Coast Guard Security Center:
“IN RECOGNITION of unfailing support and service which has assisted greatly in furthering the aims and functions of the Coast Guard Security Center.”Receiving the certificates were Allen Fredd (Flotilla 054-16-01), Amy Thomas, & James Thomas (Flotilla 054-03-03). Presenting the Award was RDML Meredith L. Austin, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District, CDR Steven M. Fachko, Director of Auxiliary D5SR, & David Adams, District Commodore, D5SR.
THE COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY ADJUDICATION TEAM MEMBERS RECEIVED A CG MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION ON 14 OCT 16. (L TO R): LTJG JOSEPH DILLIER, AUX AMY THOMAS, AUX ALLEN FREDD (BACK), MECM ROGER ALVARICO, AUX JIM THOMAS, AUX RICHARD DUNNINGTON, MSTC LAURA JEPSEN, & CDR STEVEN FACHKO.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS JERRY HAWLEY, FRANS KASTEEL, BRIAN MCARDLE, & HARRY SADLER PRESENTED U.S. COAST GUARD TEAM COMMENDATION FOR "EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE" AS COAST GUARD QUALIFIED WATCHSTANDERS AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN ON WEDNESDAY 01 FEB 17
JERRY HAWLEY IN THE COMMUNICATION CENTER AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD WITH THE CHART OF THE AREA IN THE BACKGROUND.
HARRY SADLER COMMUNICATES WITH A COAST GUARD RESPONSE BOAT FROM THE COMMS CENTER AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN.
FRANS KASTEEL (L) & BRIAN MCARDLE (R) IN THE COMMS CENTER AT COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN AFTER RECEIVING THE CG MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION.
FLOTILLA 33 AUXILIARISTS HONORED BY COAST GUARD
SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER
SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER
FLOTILLA 33 RECEIVES 2016 FIRST PLACE FLOTILLA OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE DIVISION 03 MEETING IN RICHMOND VA ON SATURDAY 21 JAN 17
AT THE DIVISION 054-03 MEETING IN RICHMOND VA ON SATURDAY 21 JAN, FLOTILLA 03-03 WAS AWARDED THE 2016 FIRST PLACE FLOTILLA OF THE YEAR AWARD.
THE AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO WALTER MONTROSS, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER (2ND FROM L) BY COAST GUARD COMMANDER KATE HIGGINS-BLOOM, SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS (2ND FROM R), BOSN2 JACK WILLIAMS, OPERATIONS TRAINING OFFICER DISTRICT 5SR (R), & AMY THOMAS DIVISION 03-03 COMMANDER (L).
DURING 2016 THE 29 MEMBERS OF FLOTILLA 33 AVERAGED 472 HOURS OF SUPPORT TO THE COAST GUARD & RECREATIONAL BOATING PUBLIC.
FLOTILLA 33 RECOGNIZED
Kilmarnock, Va. Contributing to the success of the United States Coast Guard missions is what the Auxiliary is all about. At the January Division 03 meeting, Flotilla 33 was recognized for its support of the Coast Guard by being awarded the Flotilla of the Year Award.
Flotilla members contributed an average of over 472 hours per member in 2016. “We are a very active Flotilla that interacts with the Coast Guard in lots of roles and on many levels, commented Walter Montross, Flotilla Commander. “Our members serve at the Division, District and National levels. Members are Instructors for Safe Boating classes, work with Coast Guard Task Forces on Port Security, respond to Search and Rescue missions, stand Watch at Coast Guard Stations, serve as Food Specialists, are Aids to Navigation verifiers, Marine Safety experts, Vessel Inspectors, and participate in many other activities in support of the Coast Guard.”
SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER
U.S. COAST GUARD STATION MILFORD HAVEN & FLOTILLA 33 TEAM UP FOR KILMARNOCK CHRISTMAS PARADE ON FRIDAY 09 DEC 16
COAST GUARD 29279 DECORATED AND PULLING INTO THE KILMARNOCK CHRISTMAS PARADE. COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY PERSONNEL GAVE OUT AUXILIARY COLORING BOOKS TO KIDS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.
COAST GUARD 29279 PROCEEDS DOWN MAIN STREET.
STATION MILFORD HAVEN DUTY CREW GET A VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS. (L TO R): SA ALVAREZ-CARDERO, BM3 CARTWRIGHT, SANTA, FS2 SANCHEZ, & BM3 COLLINS.
TIME FOR TEAM BLUE DINNER & FELLOWSHIP AFTER THE CHRISTMAS PARADE.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS AMY & JIM THOMAS AMONG RECEIPIENTS OF COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION ON 14 OCT 16
ON 14 OCT 16 CAPT F.T. BOROSS, CHIEF DIRECTOR OF THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AT COAST GUARD HEADQUARTERS VISITED THE U.S. COAST GUARD SECURITY CENTER TO PRESENT THE AUXILIARY AUGMENTATION TEAM WITH A CG MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION FOR "EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE FROM JUNE 2015 to AUGUST 2016".
PICTURED ABOVE ARE COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY ADJUDICATION TEAM MEMBERS (L TO R): LTJG JOSEPH DILLIER, AUX AMY THOMAS, AUX ALLEN FREDD (BACK), MECM ROGER ALVARICO, AUX JIM THOMAS, AUX RICHARD DUNNINGTON, MSTC LAURA JEPSEN, & CDR STEVEN FACHKO.
THE CITATION READS IN PART AS FOLLOWS:
The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard takes pleasure in presenting the COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS TEAM COMMENDATION to:
AUXILIARY AUGMENTATION TEAM
For service set forth in the following CITATION:
"For exceptional meritorious service from June 2015 to August 2016 while supporting the United States Coast Guard Security Center (SECCEN) and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Demonstrating superb commitment and esprit-de-corps, the Team achieved the extraordinary goal of significantly reducing a backlog of more than 3,000 Auxiliary entry-level background checks and their associated processing times. In March 2016 the Team rose to the challenge set by the Commandant to cut the backlog by at least 50 percent by August 2016. Exhibiting remarkable collaboration, initiative, and devotion to duty, the Team rapidly gained proficiency in the information background checks. This included development of unique standard operating procedure guides for training and qualifying Auxiliarists to perform personnel security processing functions. The Team then swiftly applied these skills and tools to systematically process more than 2,200 Auxiliary background checks to completion in less than five months. Their concerted efforts were instrumental to the Team's ability to quickly prepare itself to perform an unprecedented mission, significantly corrode the backlog of Auxiliary entry-level background checks, and reduce the processing times from nearly 18 months to less than six months. As a direct result of these efforts, long-standing upward trends in background check completion wait times and downward trends in Auxiliary membership were reversed and yielded profound improvements to the spirit, morale, and motivation of Auxiliarists nationwide. The dedication, pride, and professionalism displayed by each member of the Auxiliary Augmentation Team reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States Coast Guard.
For the Commandant,
Captain U.S. Coast Guard
Chief, Office of Boating Safety and Auxiliary
15 FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE ON 10 OCT 16
AWARD RECIPIENTS ATTENDING THE FLOTILLA 33 MEETING ON 10 OCT 16 WERE (L TO R): IAN DUNCAN, PAUL LASSANSKE, WALLY JACHIMSKI, FRANS KASTEEK, RITA THEISEN, TED TULIS, JOHN MILL, OWEN MCGUILL, DON GALLAGHER, & BRIAN MCARDLE.
AWARD RECIPIENTS NOT PICTURED WERE WALLY DAWSON, JERRY HAWLEY, AMY THOMAS, & JIM THOMAS.
THE PRESIDENT'S LIVETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IS PRESENTED FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE IN EXCESS OF 4,000 HOURS. EACH RECIPIENT RECEIVED A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE & LETTER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ALONG WITH A PRESIDENTIAL MEDALLION.
U.S. COAST GUARD SAFE BOATING APPLICATION FOR SMART PHONES & TABLETS
AS THE NATION'S RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY COORDINATOR, THE COAST GUARD WORKS TO MINIMIZE LOSS OF LIFE, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HARM. THE COAST GUARD BOATING SAFETY PROGRAM INVOLVES PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS, REGULATION OF BOAT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, APPROVAL OF BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT, AND VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL AND STATE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS. THE NEW COAST GUARD MOBILE APP SUPPORTS THESE MISSIONS BY PROVIDING THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND INFORMATION MOST COMMONLY REQUESTED BY BOATERS.
THE BOATING SAFETY MOBILE APP WAS NOT DESIGNED TO REPLACE A BOATER'S MARINE VHF RADIO, WHICH THE COAST GUARD STRONGLY RECOMMENDS ALL BOATERS HAVE ABOARD THEIR VESSELS. THE APP WAS MAINLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BOATING SAFETY RESOURCES FOR MOBILE DEVICE USERS.
FEATURES OF THE APP INCLUDE: STATE BOATING INFORMATION; A SAFETY EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST; FREE BOATING SAFETY CHECK REQUESTS; NAVIGATION RULES; FLOAT PLANS; AND CALLING FEATURES TO REPORT POLLUTION OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. WHEN LOCATION SERVICES ARE ENABLED, USERS CAN RECEIVE THE LATEST WEATHER REPORTS FROM THE CLOSEST NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION WEATHER BUOYS AS WELL AS REPORT THE LOCATION OF A HAZARD ON THE WATER.
THE USCG BOATING SAFETY APP FEATURES INCLUDE:
NOAA WEATHER BUOYS
FILE A FLOAT PLAN
NOAA WEATHER BUOYS FILE A FLOAT PLAN
INFORMATION ON THE COAST GUARD SAFE BOATING APP IS AVAILABLE AT http://www.uscg.mil/mobile
THE APP IS AVAILABLE ON THE APPLE AND GOOGLE PLAY ONLINE STORES.
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