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21 Dec 2013 12:29 PM
    I am writing a novel about the CG for my highschool project. I have questions on the teams that go out for SAR and what  they do on the way to the scene. Here are my questions:
    1. What do you do on the way to a call?
    2. What does the flight mechanic do other than help the rescue swimmer set up the cabin for the survivor?
    3. What kind of words and letters do they use when talking over the radio?
    4. In training i notice that when the swimmer is practicing, somone comes up behind them and rips off there mask pulling them under the water. why do you practice this?
    5. what are the pros and cons of being a rescue swimmer?
    6. Are there any USCG stations near Idaho?
    7. What kind of training drills do you do in a pool?
    8. What is going through your head when you arrive on scene?
    9. can the flight mechanic also be a rescue swimmer or be sent down to help the rescue swimmer in the water?
    10. Is there a height and weight requirment for rescue swimmers?
    11. Can a female be a rescue swimmer?
    I have more questions but these are the most important for me to have answered at the moment. I really appreciate the help.
    Eden.
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    21 Dec 2013 01:35 PM
    Your questions are only about a very small facet of the cg. Ships and small boat stations do SAR too and probably most of it.

    Females can do any job a male can do in the CG as long as they meet the same requirements for the job
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    21 Dec 2013 01:39 PM
    1. It depends on the case. If its a medevac I get all my medical equipment that I think I'm going to need ready. If its people in the water I'm normally changing out into my wetsuit.
    2. If its a MH-65 the Flight Mech. Runs all radio communication with the sector. Now on MH-60's the Swimmer runs the radios.
    3. Watch a youtube clip of a rescue.
    4. It's called a non-compliant survivor. People can go into a "survival mode" and use your head as a life ring. You must either perform a release or an escape and take control over the survivor. It also is a test to see if you have any water confidence issues. The whole losing your mask thing makes everything that much harder.
    5. Pros: beach volleyball. Cons: beach volleyball.
    6. I don't believe so, just a recruiting office somewhere around there.
    7. Lots of laps, buddy towing, brick work and lots of under waters. Did I mention lots of under waters?...
    8. How many, who's injured, how much fuel and award points.
    9. No. Flight mechs are either AETs or AMTs. Rescue Swimmers are ASTs
    10. No.
    11. Yes, there are a couple. They have have the same standards to meet as a male.

    To follow on what bells said. Think of the big picture when it comes to SAR. There's a lot of people involved and a helicopter isn't the only asset that helps people out in the water. 
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    21 Dec 2013 03:33 PM
    Found a pic of Lance for you to use as a reference.


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    21 Dec 2013 03:42 PM
    Great, thanks I watch CG Alaska and all they show is helicopter missions. What are the academys like?
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    21 Dec 2013 04:01 PM
    A novel for a high school project is a grand undertaking...I wish you all the best and much success with that. From what I have learned the CG does so much it would be hard to keep from broadening the scope of your topic and keep it narrowedt down to just the a few things you are focusing on and wanting to write about.

    If your focus is just on the AST's and Air Crewman trainig and preparing for SAR's then, as Lance suggests there are lots of good video with radio communications during rescues on You Tube. You can see some of the arduous training untaken by AST's (rescue swimmers) in training here http://www.coastguardchannel.com/24...immers.php and here http://www.coastguardchannel.com/24...wimmer.php and some Air Crew Training here http://www.coastguardchannel.com/24...cisco1.php

    Some other great videos of rescues and other type of missions and activities that the CG does here http://www.coastguardchannel.com/24...Series.php

    The last link opens up the Coast Guard Channel Original Series...all the videos are awesome with great stuff in it, but again if you are trying to narrow your research down to just AST's and Air Crewman, check out all the A School videos (those are AST's in training), Best of CGTV (lots of TV production rescues there), Medical Emergencies at Sea, On Location with Scott Morris (I would focus on the few Air Station segments in there), The Prefect Storm Rescues, Get To Know (again I would focus on the Air Stations segments).

    I hope this helps you some with your research and writing...it would be awesome if you could share your novel or at least a chapter or two with us, if you are going to publish the novel be sure to share a link to where it can be previewed and purchased.

    Enjoy!
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    21 Dec 2013 05:27 PM
    Are you focusing solely on the SAR aspect? If so, that's providing a limited picture of the Coast Guard. We do so many other things...port security, pollution response/mitigation, maritime law enforcement, ice breaking, aids to navigation. Trivia question for you..were you aware the CG has a criminal investigative arm, much as the Navy has NCIS? 'Tis true...the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), which is the job I do for the CG.

    Having said all that, I do understand you may have limits imposed upon you by your instructor for this project, to keep things from getting out of hand. One final suggestion...if you live near a large CG base, try contacting their Media Relations Officer. They may be able to provide more info.

    Best of luck!
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    21 Dec 2013 06:19 PM
    This is perfect, thank you so much. I will definately try to get a copy of it on here when I get it going Again thank you so much! My novel is mostly about an AST and her crew. if you have any suggestions on what I could add to the novel or write about I would greatly appreciate it since I am just wanting ideas, i havn't started writing yet
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    21 Dec 2013 06:55 PM
    I am sure it will be just awesome...

    A grand idea one could have is a written biography of the life and adventures of an MK...we have been informed on many occassions that it is the best job in the CG :-) I am positive we have one MK on the forum that would have more adventure stories than one might be able to write about in just one novel :-)

    CPORJM, I like it when the TV show NCIS incorporates CGIS in the show.
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    21 Dec 2013 07:04 PM
    MKs are involved in SAR cases both sublime and mundane. And, we have the added fun of making sure the boat gets home in one piece.
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    21 Dec 2013 07:58 PM
    That would be awesome! i actually have thought of doing biographys of soldiers and CG but never can get in touch with them. What is an MK?
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    21 Dec 2013 08:19 PM
    And I quote "what is an MK?". Highway to the danger zone!
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    21 Dec 2013 08:31 PM
    MK? I still dont know what it is. Im only in highschool
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    21 Dec 2013 08:47 PM
    MK is another rating in the Coast Guard, it stands for Machinery Technician.
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    21 Dec 2013 08:55 PM
    ok thanks
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    21 Dec 2013 09:02 PM
    MK also stands for.. "The unsung heroes who keep the screws of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness turning." But, that would be a tad long winded.
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    21 Dec 2013 10:19 PM
    well if anyone else has any suggestions on what I should write about please, let me know
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    21 Dec 2013 10:43 PM
    I think you would want to interview some ASTs. It might be hard to write about something that you aren't exposed to.
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    21 Dec 2013 11:17 PM
    In case you haven't guessed, Gears is our resident, awesome MK Chief. We love him.
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    21 Dec 2013 11:26 PM
    MK Chief could surely fill a novel with tales... and many of many Star Wars Quotes :-)

    MK - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbNE...d7&index=7

    CG Jobs - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaBfa2D2r6-BKMnPSaFSsRtLnoAld_2d7

    edit...not sure why the last link will not open with a mouse click. Looks like it needs to be copied and pasted.
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    21 Dec 2013 11:30 PM
    Awesome I might just do that it would probably be much easier as well. Anyone know how I could get in touch with anyone?
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    22 Dec 2013 05:54 AM
    Hey hey hey now! Who do you think the aircrew is keeping comms with, briefs the aircrew before and during flights, plans the searches, and takes the initial distress call to begin with? I'll just go back in my corner with all the other Operations Specialists...
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    22 Dec 2013 06:20 AM
    Eden, As you can clearly see, the Coast Guard Alaska or Florida show is slightly skewed to show only one small facet of the service. An important part, no one denies that and everyone appreciates it. But there are so many other ratings that add their contributions to SAR! You do have quite a few resources on this forum if you want to talk to some people privately, I am sure if they have the time, they'll be happy to share some insight for you. You can ask here as well, if you like.

    I was never a Coastie myself... I was married to one and our son is one. Don't discount the spouses sitting at home, waiting and praying that their Coastie comes back safely. Just sayin... I had to throw my portion in there too.
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    22 Dec 2013 09:14 AM
    Ok Thanks. I Like to write but I'm not the best with making up stories, I like to write about experiences. Again though I'm only in highschool and know very little and as far as I know there are no CG airstations near me so I am very happy that I found this place, and I love how you all respond so quickly
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    22 Dec 2013 11:03 AM
    Perhaps a Christmas break trip to the Washington or Oregon coast would prove invaluable as you could contact a few stations and set up some interviews with the OOD and some AST's and others...or a summer break vacation to visit more stations and cutters.

    I took my son on a weekend tour of Air Station Houston, Galveston Station, and Sabine Pass when he was looking into the CG and it was awesome. We met some great people that were more than willing to share and talk about the CG. In Houston we were introduced to an AST who offered to train with my son a couple times a week...to bad we lived over 3 hours away I would have had him there in a heart beat. The helo pilot also helped set up the Galveston tour and got me in contact with the cutter captain in Sabine Pass. He spent hours with us at the air station showing us the helo and what it took to become a pilot in the CG. The OOD in Galveston gave us a great tour of their cutter and hooked us up for a tour on the bouy tender docked across the way, then we ate lunch and takes for a few hours with the YN and a BM at the station. The best was the captain in Sabine Pass. He met us at his cutter on his day off driving in over 40 minutes away to visit with us, gave us a complete tour shared stories and offered my son a ride along on their next outing for 7 days...talk about the research and experience something like that could provide. Sadly the ride out did not happen due to a dq from MEPS shortly after the offer.

    If a mini research trip is not feasible I believe you will find some great stuff here and some other google searches.

    Enjoy and get to writing!
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    22 Dec 2013 11:19 AM
    If you wanted to go a biography about my life I would totally let you. - Best BM3 Ever
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    22 Dec 2013 11:38 AM
    I missed the Idaho bit. This is the closest CG unit to Idaho: http://www.uscg.mil/d13/sectcolrvr/...kennewick/

    Also, all inland SAR is done through the Air Force. While you will see the USCG doing some inland rescues (we do them all the time in the Cascades), local agencies must contact the AFRCC, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. We only get involved if the Air Force asks us to for one reason or another. http://www.1af.acc.af.mil/units/afrcc/
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    22 Dec 2013 11:44 AM
    Best BM3 Ever


    I concur.
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    22 Dec 2013 07:35 PM
    This is awesome. Bells I would love to do a biography for you! I might have to look into a trip over summer for some interviews if I can find anyone the trip sounded like it was totally worth it. Bells I will definitely take you up on that biography
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