Posted June 11, 2013


Golden Gate Ferry Hosts Emergency Response Drill on San Francisco Bay, Wednesday, June 12

No news media "ride-along" due to sensitive security matters involved

San Francisco, CA: On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 6 am to 5 pm, the Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) division of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) is hosting an interagency emergency response exercise on the San Francisco Bay. The exercise was planned and coordinated by Golden Gate Ferry in conjunction with the California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA and local law enforcement, fire, and United States Coast Guard partners. The exercise will be attended by a number of responding agencies (see list below).

The exercise will take place within a Safety Zone established by the United States Coast Guard in the vicinity of Anchorage 5 of chart 18652, which is generally located south of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in joint San Francisco, Marin, and Contra Costa County jurisdictions.

Portions of the exercise may be visible from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and adjacent areas in Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties. The public could see emergency response vessels at the exercise scene as well as white smoke coming from the scene.

The June 12 exercise has been designed to test the tactical response to a security-related event occurring in multiple jurisdictions on the San Francisco Bay and concurrently on two ferry vessels — a 715-passenger Golden Gate Ferry Spaulding vessel and a 500-passenger Alcatraz Cruises vessel. The scenario tested will include a mass casualty incident resulting in fire and smoke, as well as passenger injuries. Both law enforcement and mutual aid boarding will also be tested. The Regional Incident Command System protocols for vessel-related incidents, along with fire and emergency resource response capability for an on-water mass causality incident, will be tested.

Interagency exercises strengthen agency partnerships, which is invaluable in maintaining a highly effective safety and security posture on the San Francisco Bay. Additionally, they play a vital role in advancing interagency emergency preparedness, coordination, familiarization, and response on the San Francisco Bay.

Exercise Hosted by: Golden Gate Ferry, Larkspur, CA

Planned and Coordinated by: Golden Gate Ferry, in conjunction with the California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA and local law enforcement partners

Participating Agencies (in alpha order):

  1. Alameda County Sheriff, Alameda County
  2. Alcatraz Cruises, San Francisco
  3. Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco
  4. California National Guard, 95th Civil Support Team, Hayward
  5. Department of Homeland Security
  6. Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Francisco
  7. Five Stars Yacht Charters, Sausalito
  8. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
  9. Hornblower Cruises and Events, San Francisco
  10. Larkspur Fire Department, Larkspur
  11. Marin County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, San Rafael
  12. Marin County Water Rescue Team, San Rafael
  13. Oakland Fire Department, Oakland
  14. Oakland Police Department, Oakland
  15. Red and White Fleet, San Francisco
  16. Richmond Police Department, Richmond
  17. Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento
  18. San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority, San Francisco
  19. San Francisco Bay Ferry, Vallejo
  20. San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco
  21. San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco
  22. Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Mill Valley & Sausalito
  23. Tiburon Fire Department, Tiburon
  24. United States Coast Guard, Sector San Francisco
  25. University of Berkeley Bomb Squad (EOD)

Special Thanks To (in alpha order):

  1. Arclight Systems Security, Oakland
  2. Bay Ship and Yacht, Alameda
  3. Treasure Island Development Authority, San Francisco
  4. Wine Valley Catering Treasure Island, San Francisco