Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement
SEARCH AND RESCUE
With a stationed manned by duty personnel twenty four hours a day seven days a week, Station Freeport responds to mariners in distress to eliminate deaths, injuries, and property damage that occurs from maritime transportation and recreation.
PORT WATERWAY COASTAL SECURITY / HOMELAND SECURITY
Through the establishment of security zones set by the Captain of the Port MSO Houston, Station Freeport has been able to effectively keep all commercial and recreational vessels away from potentially high risk areas in the Port of Freeport. While on patrols set forth by Group Galveston, Station Freeport has also been able to provide security for Brian Mound Federal Strategic Fuel Reserve. This fuel reserve houses more than 600 million barrels of fuel oil.
COUNTER DRUG & OTHER MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS
By maintaining clear and open communications with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, Station Freeport has been able to expand its counter drug and maritime law enforcement missions.
Station Freeport has a strong liaison with Freeport, Surfside, Clute, and Lake Jackson Police Departments, as well as Brazoria and Matagorda County Sheriff's offices. These working relationships are true force multipliers for all concerned and enhance these other departments understanding of the Coast Guard and its many missions.
PROTECTION OF OUR LIVING MARINE RESOURCES
Through education and aggressive enforcement efforts, reports of injury or death to endangered/regulated marine species has decreased in this area. The station conducts at sea boardings with both commercial and recreational vessels to ensure compliance with federal and state Living Marine Resources regulations. The Coast Guard has partnered with National Marine Fisheries Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Station Freeport conducts regular harbor patrols with MSU Galveston personnel and participates in joint Spill Response Drills, involving local industry, Texas General Land Office, and MSU Galveston.
Through enforcement of various Marine Pollution Act regulations we are able to educate local mariners and prevent many incidents from ever occurring.
FREEPORT PORT EMERGENCY ADVISORY TEAM
The Freeport Port Emergency Advisory Team was chartered during January 2000 to create an active liaison between Coast Guard Station Freeport, MSU Galveston, local emergency planners, Port of Freeport, and local industrial port users.
This team actively encourages a free flow of information, resources, and experience. It was developed to provide a viable plan to mitigate damage from any port emergency whether it is natural or manmade.
PARTNERSHIP IN EDUCATION/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Coast Guard Station Freeport's continued partnership in education program with Brazoria and Matagorda County schools, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, and other local youth organizations has made it possible to promote maritime safety.
Station Freeport participated with static displays at many Elementary/Middle schools and Career days at high schools in Brazoria County.
The Station conducts various tours and water safety lectures for local schools and scouting organizations, and hosts Sea Cadets from the Houston area High Schools for Active Duty Training.