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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (November 6, 2015) – The Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department recently hosted a multi-agency ship rescue table top exercise at Fire Station 2. Mount Pleasant Councilman and Fire Chairman Gary Santos facilitated the exercise between the Mount Pleasant, Charleston and North Charleston fire departments, the Mount Pleasant Police Department and Charleston County Emergency Medical Service.
The agencies discussed response to maritime-related calls for emergency services. All three fire departments utilize a Central Dispatch Communication system (CDC Dispatcher). When a request for emergency services is received, the CDC funnels the call to the appropriate fire department.
“This table top exercise was invaluable in detecting operational issues that could prevent us from responding successfully to maritime-related calls for service,” said Councilman Santos. “Communication is key to enhancing our performance and avoiding delays and miscommunications in critical lifesaving incidents. I would like to thank all agencies present for their cooperation.”
“We learned a lot from this table top exercise and look forward implementing some of the solutions,” said Fire Chief Herb Williams. “Best practices include enhanced communications with the Port Terminal and Port Police, a dedicated incident channel for all emergency responders and additional training opportunities.”
“All agencies agreed that this table top exercise provides a great opportunity to exchange ideas and work practices. We are also organizing an onboard ship rescue exercise with various vessels calling our port,” said Councilman Santos.
Santos who is employed by Inchcape Shipping Services credited his company for promoting Health, Safety, Security and the Environment initiatives by partnering with local fire departments and emergency services.
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