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NASBLA Boat Operations & Training Program briefing for the Department of Homeland Security Boat Commodity Council. November 2, 2010

NASBLA Boat Operations & Training Program briefing for the Department of Homeland Security Boat Commodity Council. November 2, 2010

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  • DHS Boat Commodities Council Briefing November 2, 2010 Tampa, FL
  • An overview of the BOAT Program
    • What it is
    • How it was established
    • Why it was created
    • What was accomplished in year one
    • Projections for year two, and beyond.
    • Celebrating its 50 th anniversary, The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety.
    • NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
    • NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model legislation, education standards and publications.
  • Identifying, and closing a gap
    • NASBLA recognizes that the Coast Guard and DHS cannot perform the maritime homeland security mission alone.
    • It also sees a significant gap in training standards for the port security mission.
    • And chooses to address the issue through the formation of a “Council of Partners” in 2009.
  • The Mission: Create a Force-Multiplier
    • Through unity of effort, utilizing the skills, knowledge and expertise within our community, the Council of Partners will develop a maritime homeland security solution that will leverage partnerships and resources to build a sustainable standard of training, credentialing, and typing through the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program that will continuously enhance the safety and security on the waterways of the United States.
  • October 2009, BOAT Program is Established
    • A national training system intended to develop and compliment the capabilities of maritime law enforcement officers and emergency responders at all levels of government – federal, state and local.
    Establishes a national standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of maritime law enforcement and rescue personnel.
  • The BOAT Program Elements
    • Consultation to agencies and departments developing maritime training programs
    • Qualification standards for Crew Members, Boat Operators and Tactical Operators
    • Training Courses for those qualifications
    • Credentialing of members who receive that training
    • A national database of credentialed members
    • Accreditation of those agencies that adopt and implement the national standards
  • First Launch: Tactical Operator Course
    • In 7 months, have delivered 18 courses throughout the country (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, California and Hawaii)
    • Trained 350 personnel, will train over 400 by year end.
    • Average incoming knowledge test: 33%
    • Average outgoing knowledge test: 91%
    • Anticipate 25 course deliveries in 2011
  • What the students say
      • 94% say the course related to their needs
      • 71% STRONGLY AGREE that the instructor knew the subject thoroughly (96% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 75% STRONGLY AGREE that the instructors encouraged participation (97% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 62% STRONGLY AGREE that the instructors clarified what was expected of the students (96% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 68% STRONGLY AGREE that the instructors answered their questions thoroughly (95% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 63% STRONGLY AGREE that the instructors used the course materials effectively (94% Agree or Strongly Agree)
  • What the students say
      • 75% STRONGLY AGREE that the instructors supplemented the course materials with personal knowledge (97% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 94% say the instructors presented engaging lectures
      • 63% STRONGLY AGREE that the course content was applicable to their job (94% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 64% STRONGLY AGREE that the audiovisuals supported the course content (95% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 72% STRONGLY AGREE that the activities and exercises supported the course content (98% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 91% felt the course was well organized
  • What the students say
      • 68% STRONGLY AGREE that they can use what they learned on the job (94% Agree or Strongly Agree)
      • 76% STRONGLY AGREE that the program is worth recommending to others (93% Agree or Strongly Agree)
    Note: Level III Assessments currently underway
  • The Basic Crew Member Course
    • Developed over the summer of 2010
    • Pilot delivered in October at Newport, RI to multiple fire departments, commercial salvers, and harbor masters from throughout the state.
    • Instructor cadre of active duty Coast Guard, reservists, Coast Guard Auxiliary, harbor masters and commercial salvers.
    • Anticipate 10 BCM courses deliveries in 2011
  • BOAT Operator Search and Rescue Course
    • In development now
    • Pilot will take place in March of 2011, with same students from BCM course in Newport, RI
    • Anticipate 15 BOSAR course deliveries in 2011
  • National Standard Implementation
    • Typing: Member of working group with FEMA
    • Credentialing: Chair FEMA workgroup
    • Currency Data-Base: Ongoing at NASBLA HQ
  • The BOAT Program at work
    • “ A Ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships were built for.”
    • - Shedd
    • Submarine escorts in Mayport
    • Backfill for Gulf Oil Spill
    • Hours of partnership on the water
  • The BOAT Program at work
    • Capt Michael McAllister, Sector Charleston
    “ We have used OGA's to greatly enhance our performance of Coast Guard missions. In the Charleston-area alone, they contributed more than 1,000 underway hours to security missions - this equates to an annual rate of about 2,400 hours - about 5 boats and roughly 30 FTE if described in terms of CG resource usage.”
  • The BOAT Program at work
    • Cambridge, Mass., – September 29, 2010 – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the selection of NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program for its newly-created Bright Ideas program. In its inaugural year, Bright Ideas is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public sector, nonprofit, and academic communities.
  • The Road Ahead
    • Strengthening partnerships
    • Continue to grow instructor cadre
    • Finalize Credentialing Standards in 2011
    • Add PRND as a BOAT Program Model
    • Add Intelligence as a BOAT Program Model
    • Deliver 50 classes in 2011
    • 98 classes in 2012
  • Closing Comments
  • Onward and Forward
    • “ The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination”
    • - John Schaar, American Sociologist