Law Enforcement Learn Skills for Responding With Airboat


04-25-2017 - NASBLA

La Crosse,  Wisconsin - Officers worked to expand their knowledge and skills by attending an Airboat Operators course hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources last month. Twenty-one (21) officers from Wisconsin and Minnesota attended the course,taught by instructors from the NASBLA Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program.

After completing the five-day course officers were able to master elements such as basic operations, operational hazards, night operations, wet and dry launching, airboat rescue operations and ice operations

The Airboat Operators Course gives maritime law enforcement and emergency responders, with proficient boating skills, a comprehensive framework to be more effective with specialized skills necessary to operate Airboats in the maritime environment. A key element of this course is the preparation of participants to become qualified in the tasks necessary for response to maritime safety and security operations. Successful completion of this course also allows students to be included in the national qualification database maintained by NASBLA and recognized by the US Coast Guardand FEMA.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is an accredited partner of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrator’s BOAT Program.

Dave Considine, BOAT Program Director
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The Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program establishes a U.S. Coast Guard recognized national standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of marine law enforcement and emergency first responders. Adoption and implementation of the program provides a true national standard for maritime interoperability at all government levels. Standardization ensures maritime agencies can interact together and will bolster their ability to act as force multipliers nationwide.   

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit organization representing all 50 states and the U.S. territories. In addition to developing public policy for recreational boating safety and maritime security for over 50 years,NASBLA has been committed to maintaining the national training and education standards for the recreational boating community and the maritime public safety professionals.