April 25, 2011


---- THIS IS A DRILL ----

Golden Gate Ferry Hosts Emergency Response Drill
on San Francisco Bay, Thursday, April 28, 2011

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

On Thursday, April 28, from 6 am to noon, the Golden Gate Ferry division of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) is hosting an interagency emergency response drill using one of its high-capacity ferry vessels on the waters of the San Francisco Bay, in joint San Francisco/Contra Costa County jurisdiction, off Anchorage 5 between main shipping channel and Southampton Shoal Channel about two nautical miles off of Richmond, CA.

The news media is being informed of this drill because portions of the exercise will be visible from the shore from several locations, including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, I-80, waterfront roadways and residences located in the vicinity of Anchorage 5 (described above). Also potentially visible during the morning-long exercise may be artificial white smoke used in drill simulations.

This interagency drill plays a vital role in advancing emergency preparedness, coordination, and response on the San Francisco Bay. The drill will specifically test law enforcements tactical response to a security-related event occurring in multiple jurisdictions on the San Francisco Bay. Participating agencies will work together under established incident command protocols while also interacting with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Further, the drill allows participating agencies the opportunity to test overall coordination, communications, and planning effectiveness. Drills of this nature ultimately strengthen agency partnerships which is invaluable in maintaining a highly effective safety and security posture on the San Francisco Bay.

Agencies participating in the drill include: Golden Gate Ferry, California Maritime Academy, Blue and Gold Ferry, BayLink Ferry, Red & White Fleet, Marin County Sheriff’s Department, Marin County Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Solano County Sheriff’s Department, Southern Marin Fire, and police and/or fire units from the cities of Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, Tiburon, South San Francisco.

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