PHOTO RELEASE: South Jersey Coast Guard units receive hazmat training

January 29, 2015

CAPE MAY, N.J. — Coast Guard crewmembers received domestic egress training Wednesday at Training Center Cape May.

Instructors from Joint Emergency Training Associates, a civilian company specializing in training of emergency services personnel, conducted a two-day training exercise to ensure proficiency in combating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training.

“This program is a proactive measurement to keep people safe,” said Willie Singleton, a lead instructor for the event.

The training derives from the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy and takes place every two years to ensure the crewmembers are comfortable donning the mask, gloves, boots and suits and can use the equipment when necessary.

“If there is a hazmat situation, we would wear our weapons of mass destruction suits as preventative measurements to ensure the crew’s safety,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class James Pappas, a crew member at Coast Guard Station Cape May.

The crewmembers finished the training with a written exam and a hands-on exercise to prove their competency to the instructors.

Units involved in the training include Station Cape May and Sector Delaware Bay's Cape May-based Sector Boarding Team.