The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday.
The exercise was part of an annual response exercise and included members of the Coast Guard 13th District Response Advisor Team, Pacific Strike Team out of Novato, California, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Washington State Department of Ecology, Harley Marine Service Inc., Navy Region Northwest, Washington State Ferries, and the Marine Spill Response Corporation.
The SORS exercise is hosted by Harley Marine Services Inc. and trains responders to be ready in the event of a crisis.
USCG Cutter Fir is a multi-mission vessel that can work aids to navigation, conduct law enforcement and help in oil response and recovery. The crew of the Fir is responsible for maintaining their readiness and being prepared for oil spill response.