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ID
6-508-1216
Name
Waterborne Response Team
Status
Published
Updated
12/2/2019 3:28:32 PM
Released
11/07/2017
Description
The Waterborne Response Team is a maritime security and response asset that deploys to provide security and protection for ports, boats, facilities, and critical infrastructure located on or near the water. The team also serves as an immediate response element to all maritime threats, disasters, critical incidents, and acts of terrorism.
Resource Category
Law Enforcement Operations
Primary Core Capability
On-scene Security, Protection and Law Enforcement
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
The Waterborne Response Team: 1. Conducts critical response functions, such as life-saving assistance and rapid impact assessments 2. Secures and contains disaster and critical incident scenes, and areas impacted by Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) 3. Provides waterborne security for high-risk maritime tactical operations 4. Conducts search, rescue, and recovery operations
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss the following items prior to deployment: a. Communications beyond Intra-team communications, such as programmable inter-operable communications with Command, General Staff, the military and other supporting resources b. Presence of contaminated environments and need for related personal protective equipment (PPE), clothing, and equipment c. Security and force protection needed upon arrival d. Logistics support, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals 2. The requestor determines the appropriate number of boats and teams based on operational and mission needs 3. The provider provides transport for personnel and equipment
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 14
Type 23
Type 32
Type 42
Type 51
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMIntended for 12-hour performance capacity. Requestor may add additional Boat Operators based on mission and operational needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type Boat Operator (LE)
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAMIntended for 12-hour performance capacity. Requestor may add additional crew members based on mission and operational needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type Boat Crew Member (LE)
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type Boat Crew Member (LE)
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41 – NIMS Type Boat Crew Member (LE)
Type 5Not Specified
Operations Equipment Per Team1. Requestor may add additional boats and crew to the team based on mission and operational needs. 2. Boats must have ventilation systems in accordance with US Coast Guard (USCG)33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 175 and 183 and 46 CFR Part 25. 3. Boats must have a Backfire Flame Arrestor in accordance with USCG 46 CFR Parts 25 and 58. 4. Boats must have a “Discharge of Oil Prohibited” placard and a system or items to prevent oil or oily waste from discharging into any waters in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Parts 151 and 155. 5. Boats must carry safety equipment in compliance with federal regulations.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – Boat Greater than 30 feet long, with 2 engines, capable of operating in seas up to 8 feet, 40 knots of wind, and speeds greater than 25 knots
Type 21 – Boat Greater than 20 feet long, with 2 engines, capable of operating in seas up to 4 feet, 30 knots of wind, and speeds greater than 25 knots
Type 31 – Boat For operations in water of 18 inches or more
Type 41 – Boat For operations in water of 18 inches or less
Type 51 – Boat For operations in special conditions, for example, air boat, hovercraft, swamp buggy
Illumination and Warning Equipment Per BoatBoats must have navigation lights and sound producing devices in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Part 83.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1 – Blue light 1 – Siren
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5, PLUS: 1 – Spotlight
Type 51 – Flashlight 1 – Sound producing device Navigation lights, if operating at night
Towing Equipment Per BoatThe Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) determines appropriate mooring and towing lines to fit the boats’ capabilities.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Towline
Type 4Not Specified
Type 5Not Specified
Vessel Protection Equipment Per BoatPersonnel should use additional fenders. Use fenders to perform law enforcement missions safely, to come alongside other boats during the transfer of personnel from one boat to another, and to moor.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 42 – Fenders
Type 5Not Specified
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Equipment Per Team MemberPFDs must be in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Part 175.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51. Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) 2. Anti-exposure coveralls or dry suits when operating in water temperature less than 60 degrees
Safety Equipment Per Boat1. Visual distress signals must be in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Part 175.01. 2. Fire extinguishers must be in accordance with USCG 46 CFR Part 25. 3. Boats must carry safety equipment in accordance with all applicable federal laws and regulations, and any other applicable local, state, territorial, and tribal laws, rules, and regulations.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51. Visual Distress Signals 2. Fire extinguishers 3. Appropriate safety equipment
Navigation Equipment Per BoatNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41 – Global Positioning System (GPS) Unit
Type 5Not Specified
Communications Equipment Per BoatRadios should have the capability to provide for interoperable communication between dispatch center or command personnel, aviation support, and other operational units assigned to the same mission.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1 – VHF-FM marine radio
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51 – Handheld two-way radio
Personnel Protection (Weapon) Equipment Per BoatSworn Law Enforcement officers should carry their duty weapons and have certification in the use of all weapons on board the boat.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21 – Rifle, .223 caliber or larger
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Type 5Not Specified
Electronic Waterway Surveillance Equipment Per BoatNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – Radar unit
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Type 5Not Specified
First Aid Equipment Per BoatNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 5Basic first aid kit
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Operator (Law Enforcement)
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Crew Member (Law Enforcement)
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), Boat Operations and Training Program Manual, Volume 1, 2010
NASBLA, Boat Program's Basic Crew Member Course
United States Coast Guard (USCG), Boat Crew Seamanship Manual, COMDTINST M16114.5C, September 2003
USCG, A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats, 2010
USCG, Operations and Training (BOAT) Manual, Volume I, COMDTINST M16114.32C, January 2013
USCG 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151: Vessels Carrying Oil, Noxious Liquid Substances, Garbage, Municipal or Commercial Waste, and Ballast Water
USCG 33 CFR Part 155: Oil or Hazardous Material Pollution Prevention Regulations for Vessels
USCG 33 CFR Part 175: Equipment Requirements
USCG 33 CFR Part 183: Boats and Associated Equipment
USCG 46 CFR Part 25: Requirements
USCG 46 CFR Part 58: Main and Auxiliary Machinery and Related Systems