Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Ore., and several Lincoln County public safety agencies co-facilitated a mass rescue exercise Nov. 6, 2013. Tabletop planning provided an opportunity for Federal, State and local agencies to talk through their response plans from the first “mayday, mayday, mayday” to the recovery phase of the event response.The exercise was conducted to test, validate and improve the effectiveness of the Sector North Bend Mass Rescue Operation Plan with local response organizations.
The MRO Plan provides recommended crisis management procedures to be followed during a large-scale maritime rescue operation requiring a response by multiple agencies. The exercise provides participants the opportunity to evaluate their multi-agency response and recovery capabilities. It is also an opportunity to build upon the cohesive working relationships between federal, state, and local response organizations.
“I think the exercise provided an excellent opportunity for the multiple disciplines involved to demonstrate the advancements made in disaster preparedness and ability to work together for this single purpose, but also to work out some of the finer details never considered before,” said Sgt. Mark Meister, a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division.
The simulated scenario was designed to be similar to a real-life incident. Twenty-four miles west of Newport, a fish processor with more than 148 people aboard suffers a fire in the engine compartment in the early morning hours. There are an estimated 25 injured people requiring medical attention and the remaining individuals require evacuation to a safe place on shore. Continue reading
The Newport city council held a public hearing during a special meeting on Monday to hear information regarding the LUBA remand of the traffic impact study regarding the intersection of Running Springs and Bay Blvd. This was the one area that LUBA felt was not addressed as strongly as the other areas in the TIA. The additional analysis showed that a very small amount of vehicle traffic will be impacted at that intersection. With the additional analysis the city in their report felt that all criteria have been satisfied.
Residents of Running Springs stated that they did not see any problems with safety at the intersection. Mike Becker is one of those who lives in the neighborhood and gave testimony that he spoke to 6 of the 11 residents who live on Running Springs and no one seemed to have any issues with safety at the intersection. He added that no one that he spoke to was even contacted by the opponents to ask about their views on safety at the intersection.
There where several who tried to give testimony about their dislike of the logging trucks and the log yard however testimony could only be taken regarding any potential safety issues surrounding Running Springs and Bay Blvd. After hearing all the testimony the council found that Teevin Bros adequately addressed the reasons for the remand of the TIA for Running Springs by LUBA. The cities decision will be final after the 21-day appeal period closes then Teevin will have the opportunity to obtain building permits from the city to get the project underway.
Coast Guard personnel, as part of Operation Safe Crab, are available to conduct voluntary dockside exams prior to the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in various Oregon and Southwest Washington state ports this month. “Dungeness season coincides with some of the most dangerous conditions we see on the Pacific Northwest Coast and every year the Coast Guard responds to numerous cases of fishing vessels in distress,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River commander. “Masters of fishing vessels owe it to their crews and families to take advantage of readily available Coast Guard safety inspections and training programs which, for many mariners, have meant the difference between life and death.”
Coast Guard examiners in previous years have found that between one-quarter and one-third of emergency position indicating radio beacons and life rafts are installed improperly on board commercial fishing vessels. Most of these deficiencies are easily corrected on-the-spot. Fishermen are advised that extremely serious discrepancies, such as overloading, lack of watertight integrity, missing primary lifesaving equipment or non-functioning EPIRBs may result in a vessel being restricted from operating until the deficiencies are corrected.
In addition to examinations, Coast Guard fishing vessel safety personnel will be available to conduct basic safety training for interested crewmembers.The offered examinations and training are part of the Coast Guard’s continuing effort to reduce the number of fishing-related lives lost at sea. Commercial Dungeness crabbing has the highest fatality rate of any West Coast fishery. Voluntary dockside exam requests and questions regarding Operation Safe Crab should be directed to Curt Farrell, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator, at 503-240-9373.
Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire on the Yaquina Bay road Friday (12/6) at approximately 4:20 PM. A column of thick black smoke was visible for miles along the Bay road. A neighbor directed emergency responders to a driveway going up the hillside, and a 4-wheel drive Rescue unit quickly determined that it would be impossible for a Fire Engine to navigate the steep, narrow, and ice covered driveway. The first unit arriving on scene found that the fire was not actually the residence, but two large outbuildings that were well involved. At that point a small all-terrain brush engine was called in, and the two structures were eventually extinguished and overhauled.
An investigation was conducted and the fire was found to be accidental in nature. Newport Fire Department responded with one engine, one brush engine, a water tender, a rescue, and 27 personnel. Additional assistance was provided by Pacific West Ambulance. Newport Fire Department would like to remind the public that if you live in a remote area or have an inaccessible driveway, fire apparatus may be delayed or not be able to reach your home. Have a family fire plan, and pay special attention to fire safety. If you have questions about whether or not a fire apparatus can reach your home contact your local fire station.
Kids Zone, Neighbors For Kids’ signature afterschool program, continues to offer exciting educational and recreational opportunities for Lincoln County youth! Since the beginning of this year, NFK has developed and expanded its youth programs, extending its services to dozens of local youth during the out-of-school-time hours.An array of new programs have been offered in 2013 as part of the innovative 3-year Program Expansion Project, which has helped NFK serve youth with academic support, health education, visual arts, music lessons, science and computer technology.
These efforts not only support their educational needs, but help youth learn skills needed to enter the challenging and technology-driven American workforce. To provide the new weekly classes and activities, in early 2013 NFK hired several new contracted teaching staff.Now more than 50 youth per day from grades K-12 have taken part in the classes after school and during the summer months.
Each cohort of students, divided by grade levels (K-1, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-12), rotates through various classes each day. On any given day, all participants receive a healthy USDA meal, academic tutoring, and other educational enrichment as determined by the creative schedule in place. Kids Zone is surely a high-energy environment where adult mentors and teachers interact with local youth, creating a positive, productive experience for all. Continue reading
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding sport and commercial anglers that harvest restrictions at two marine reserve sites, Cape Perpetua and Cascade Head, will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. The new rules prohibit harvest activities, such as fishing and crabbing, within the boundaries of the marine reserves, and are similar to harvest restrictions already in effect at the Otter Rock and Redfish Rocks marine reserve sites.
To help commercial fisherman plot the boundaries of all the marine reserve sites, ODFW and the Oregon State Police will be distributing electronic thumb drives during this season’s crab hold inspections. The thumb drives include the boundary coordinates for each site, as well as directions for installing the boundary coordinates on to a plotter.
Anglers can view and print a summary of the harvest rules, with maps and boundaries, for the marine reserve sites on the Oregon marine reserve website at www.oregonocean.info/marinereserves/rules. Similar information is also available in the recently released 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations. For more information about Oregon’s marine reserves and the related harvest restrictions, call ODFW’s Newport Office at (541) 867-4741.