The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association and American Red Cross, will offer three safety courses to commercial fisherman from March 9 to March 18  in Charleston and Harbor.

The courses are scheduled to be held at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Invert Classroom, 63466 Boat Basin Ave. in Charleston and the Harbor Fire and Water Building, 98069 W. Benham Lane in Harbor.

A free 18-hour drill conductor course will teach emergency procedures and use of safety equipment aboard commercial fishing vessels. This two-day course is scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 in Charleston and March 15 and 16 in Harbor.

A free stability course will teach stability principles aboard commercial fishing vessels. This one-day course is scheduled 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 in Charleston and March 17 in Harbor.

The American Red Cross first aid/cardiopulmonary resuscitation course will provide students with the opportunity to receive training cards for first aid and CPR, including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). This one-day course is scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 in Charleston and March 18 in Harbor.

Preregistration is required and space is limited. For classes in Charleston, contact Sector Portland Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator Curt Farrell at (503) 240-9373, or Sector Portland Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner Mike Rudolf at (503) 240-9337. For classes in Harbor, contact Kathy Hall at (541) 469-7830.

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