USCG and Auxiliary hold joint Open House

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Barnegat Light – USCG helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City provides a rescue swimmer demonstration. Photo by Allison Revy, Jr., USCG Auxiliary

Barnegat Light, NJ  – USCG Station Barnegat Light and the Auxiliary in Southern Ocean County, NJ, held their Annual Open House.  The participants included the USCG, its Auxiliary, Ocean County government, and other local groups.  The diverse attendees estimated at nearly 800 individuals, included folks of all ages from a variety of backgrounds.

Article by Allison Revy, Jr., USCG Auxiliary

Barnegat Light – Vessel Safety Check display features speed boat replica from 1973 James Bond film "Live and Let Die". Photo by Allison Revy, Jr., USCG Auxiliary

Highlights included tours of the station’s boats and rescue equipment, along with a helicopter flyover and rescue swimmer demonstration. Throughout the day, station crew and Auxiliary members were on hand to answer questions, provide insight and assist wherever needed.

A mobile command trailer from the Atlantic Strike Team was also available for tours.  The AST is one of three special teams that make up the National Strike Force. It is a vital national asset comprised of a unique, highly trained cadre of USCG professionals who maintain and rapidly deploy with specialized equipment and incident management skills any time to any place or hazard.

An unplanned flyover by a U.S. Navy airship and a working visit by a U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender from Cape May, NJ, added to the planned program.

The Auxiliary provided displays and demonstrations of the Auxiliary recreational safe boating program, marine environment and Coast Guard support missions. “Coastie” the robotic patrol boat and marine environment games were showcased for the younger visitors.

Barnegat Light – Visitors line up for a tour of the station's 47’ Motor Life Boats. Photo by Allison Revy, Jr., USCG Auxiliary

Auxiliary Chefs (AUXCHEF members) provided food and beverages throughout the day.  The Auxiliary “Boat Responsibly” and “Suddenly in Command” programs were featured. A vessel safety check display included information on the use of marine radios. Throughout the day, free life jackets were raffled off to event visitors.

The Ocean County Vocational Technical School offered marine environment and aquatic life displays and ‘The Black Sheep”, an Ocean County Sheriff Department air support group, provided an information booth.

A local radio station aired live interviews and reporting from the Open House; and local businesses offered information on marine equipment and free samples of environmentally safe marine products.  An educational and fun filled day for everyone in attendance.

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  1. Charles Wright says:

    I was stationed at the Barnegat Lifeboat Station in 1955. Looking for a picture of the Station House with Inlet Watch Tower on top.

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