NEWPORT NEWS—Fishing Partnership Support Services is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health, safety, and economic security of commercial fishermen, their families, and their communities.
The organization will conduct a free, two-day safety training program on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21 at the King-Lincoln Park Function Hall located at 600 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News. Pre-registration for each day is requested. Day One registration can be found here. Day Two registration can be found here.
Day One will concentrate on Safety and Survival. The training is designed for all fishermen, including crew members, to learn or hone fundamental skills. Through hands-on training, participants learn about Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs), signal flares, MAYDAY calls, man overboard recovery, firefighting, flooding and damage control, dewatering pumps, immersion suits, personal floatation devices (PFDs), and life rafts. Those who attend are eligible for a 50 percent rebate off a lifejacket purchased after training concludes.
Day Two will focus on Drill Conductor Certification. Attendees will dig deeper into what they learned in Day One and receive new information in cold-water survival, helicopter rescues, stability, liability, and emergency procedures. Those who complete both days of training will be Alaska Marine Safety Education Certified Drill Conductors, which meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements under 46 CFR 28.270(c) for Instruction, Drills, and Safety Orientation.
“While commercial fishermen work in one of the most dangerous occupations in the country, we endeavor to equip them with the knowledge and skills to fish more safely,” said Fishing Partnership Support Services in a press release.
Headquartered in New Bedford, MA and founded in 1997, Fishing Partnership delivers support services along the eastern seaboard of the United States from Maine to the Carolinas. For additional information, visit fishingpartnership.org.