Friday, January 15th, 2016


Training Exercise:

On Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) division of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) is hosting an inter-agency emergency response drill on the San Francisco Bay. The exercise has been designed to test the tactical and emergency response to security-related events occurring on the San Francisco Bay. The exercise provides real world simulations for incident command and control, on-water mass victim rescue, hazard identification, site security and crowd control, device recovery and dispatch, and interoperable communications.

The drill will take place within a Safety Zone south of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and just north and east of Treasure Island. It will occur concurrently on 5 passenger vessels — two 715-passenger Golden Gate Ferry Spaulding vessels, a 650-passenger San Francisco Bay Ferry vessel, a 1,000-passenger Hornblower Cruises and Events vessel, and the 120-passenger M.V. Potomac. There will also be training at the ferry landing near Jack London Square in Oakland.

Portions of the exercise may be visible from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the Oakland-San Francisco Bay 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. Please inform them that this is a training exercise, not a real emergency.

The Value of the Training:

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.

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, UASI, Alameda County Sherriff and other local law enforcement partners

Participating Agencies (in alpha order):

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

Special Thanks To (in alpha order):

  1. Bay Ship and Yacht, Alameda
  2. Jack London Square
  3. Philip White, Training and Exercise Planner, Bay Area UASI
  4. Port of Oakland
  5. Port of San Francisco
  6. Treasure Island Development Authority

Questions? Contact:

Priya David Clemens
Public Information Manager
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District
Cell: 415-317-2222
*Reporters in a rush, please TEXT your request and deadline.*