We protect public health and safety, the environment, national
security, and U.S. economic interests by ensuring coordinated, integrated,
efficient and effective response to minimize the consequences of unintentional
or intentional pollution incidents, maritime contingencies, and incidents
of National Significance within the First Coast District, Federal Region's
I and II and Atlantic Maritimes Region of the U.S. / Canadian Transboundary
The First Coast Guard District's Preparedness and Response Branch coordinates
the development of international prevention and response agreements as well
as the implementation of environmental compliance, preparedness and response
policies for the National Response System.
Report Oil or Chemical Spills to
National Response Center at 800-424-8802
General: The Preparedness
and Response Branch provides oversight of all oil and hazardous material
preparedness and spill response efforts in the coastal zone of the First
District, provides support to field units coordinating and directing planning
and response, and coordinates response activities that cross the Captain
of the Port (COTP) zone or District boundaries.
We support Federal On-Scene Coordinators at our five field units during oil or hazardous substance spills
in the coastal zone.
We coordinate the efforts of two Regional Response Teams, a multi-agency
planning team co-chaired by the Coast Guard and EPA that considers issues
of broader applicability than local Area Committees.
RRT I is the federal component of the National Response
System for the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island and Connecticut. RRT I is made up of representatives from 16 federal
departments and agencies and each of the States/Commonwealths. It
is co-chaired by the Manager of the Emergency Planning and Response Branch
from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regional office in Boston,
MA, and the Chief of the Marine Safety Division of the United States Coast
Guard's First District. It meets at least two times per year throughout
the region. RRT I is a planning, policy, and coordinating body which
does not respond directly to the scene of a spill or release. It
provides assistance as requested by the On-Scene Coordinator during an
II is the federal component of the National Response System for the states
New York and New Jersey. RRT II is made up of representatives from
16 federal departments and agencies and both States. It is co-chaired
by the Manager of the Response and prevention Branch from the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) regional office in Edison, NJ, and the Chief
of the Marine Safety Division of the United States Coast Guard's First
District. It usually meets twice per year throughout the region. RRT II
is a planning, policy, and coordinating body which does not respond directly
to the scene of a spill or release. It provides assistance as requested
by the On-Scene Coordinator during an incident.
coordinate the efforts of the Canadian/U.S. Atlantic Joint Response Team
to foster international cooperation for spill planning, preparedness,
ACPs:We support Area Contingency Planning, a multi-agency spill
response planning process chaired by each of our five field units.
ARTs:We support Alternative Response Technology planning within the
Area Committees. Because non-mechanical response techniques such as dispersants
or in situ burning are infrequently used, involve Regional-level decisions,
and more complex tradeoff decisions, we provide a higher level of support
in this area to our field units.
PREP:We help field units ensure the adequacy and continued improvement
of spill response plans by supporting exercises under the Preparedness
for Response Exercise Program and acting as exercise director for external
PREP exercises. Transboundary response plans with Canada are also tested
regularly. Additional information is available on recent and upcoming
PREP drills in the First District.
VOSS:We train, deploy, and house two Vessel of Opportunity Skimming
Systems, and provide similar support for the Spilled Oil Recovery Systems
(SORS) designed for and delivered with the new Coast Guard buoy tenders
Willow and Juniper.