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CARGO SHIP BURNS FOR DAYS IN MOCK FIRE AT PORT

RESPONDERS TEST THEIR READINESS IN DOCKSIDE DISASTER

Date: February 20, 2013                                                                 PIO Number: 13-2-7
 
MEDIA EVENT
9:30 a.m. – noon
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Port Everglades – Terminal 26
2226 Eller Dr., Hollywood, FL

Dozens of firefighters and first responders will mobilize to fight a stubborn cargo ship fire this Thursday at Port Everglades.

It’s part of a full-scale exercise, named Operation Phlegethon (after Greek mythology’s river of fire), that will bring port partners and responders together to test their resources, coordination and joint response to a major shipboard incident. This first exercise of its kind in Port Everglades is being led by RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc., through a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), funded by a Port Security Grant. Participating agencies include Broward County’s Port Everglades, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Hollywood Fire Rescue, U. S. Coast Guard-Sector Miami and G & G Shipping. The participants will assume roles in law enforcement, firefighting response and emergency management. Additionally, the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force’s Mobile Joint Information Center will be deployed to facilitate the coordination of information and access for media covering the exercise.

The multi-jurisdictional response scenario will evolve from incident notification through initial response and ongoing operations to a debriefing following the exercise.

RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. is an international marine salvage, firefighting and emergency response company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. Resolve Maritime Academy is the marine firefighting, safety and simulation training subsidiary of RESOLVE.

As one of South Florida's leading economic powerhouses, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Already one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation's leading container ports and South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels.

MEDIA NOTE: A map of Port Everglades is available at https://www.box.com/s/ercdljgwianb2aksium3.



This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
02/20/13 1300

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