Mock Emergency Planned as Part of 2012 Maui SAREX

September 5, 2012, 1:04 PM HST · Updated September 6, 6:31 AM
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Coast Guard Station Maui, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Ocean Safety, Coast Guard, and Fire personnel will be among the emergency response crews participating in a search and rescue exercise tomorrow morning (Thursday, September 6, 2012) in Kihei.

The 2012 Maui SAREX, or Search and Rescue Exercise, will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the ocean area fronting the old Suda Store along South Kihei Road.

The public is advised that there will be a presence of Emergency Service vehicles and equipment on scene during the exercise.

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The purpose of the exercise is for multiple agencies to work together in response to a scenario involving a missing paddle boarder.

During the mock emergency response, the board and dummy will be dropped at 9 a.m., with the call to 911 taking place at 10 a.m.  The exercise will conclude at noon, regardless if the mock victim is found or not.

A debriefing will take place thereafter to assess agency response and cohesiveness of operations.

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