Fishing Partnership Offering Fishermen Certified Safety Training

Free Program - October 25th and 26th

WELLFLEET, MA -- Fishing Partnership Support Services will be conducting another in its series of popular and effective safety trainings for commercial fishermen in Wellfleet.

Safety and Survival Training will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Wellfleet Harbor Town Pier, 255 Commercial St.  Drill Conductor Training will be held at the same location on the next day, Friday, Oct. 26, during the same hours. There is no charge for either program and lunch is provided both days.

A team of certified marine safety instructors will lead both programs.

Safety and Survival Training will cover:

  • Man-overboard procedures
  • Onboard firefighting 
  • Emergency communications
  • Flood and pump operation
  • Survival suits
  • Life raft deployment and boarding
  • Helicopter hoist procedures
  • Basic first aid

Drill Conductor Training prepares and certifies fishermen to conduct emergency drills at sea, as federal regulations require monthly drills on commercial fishing boats operating beyond the U.S. boundary line.  Emergency situations addressed in this training include: man overboard, fire, damage control, and abandon ship. There will be an emergency procedures class in the morning and practice drills aboard a docked vessel in the afternoon. 

As a pre-requisite for Drill Conductor Training, fishermen need to have taken the Safety and Survival Training within the previous 12 months.

“It is not unusual for us to hear later from a fisherman we have trained, who tells us how it helped him deal successfully with an emergency at sea,” said Ed Dennehy, a retired Coast Guard captain who serves as director of safety training for Fishing Partnership Support Services.  “This training, we know, has saved lives and prevented serious injuries.”

The Partnership has been sponsoring the trainings since 2013 and many fishermen have taken it repeatedly to maintain top-of-mind safety awareness and preparedness.  Dennehy encourages all fishermen to consider undergoing safety training once every two years.

"It’s a good way to keep your safety skills sharp, and there is always something new to learn,” he said. 

Walk-ins are welcome on the day of each program, but pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Fishermen may register online by going to or by calling Morgan Eldredge at 508-237-9402 or Shannon Eldredge at 508-958-6580 or emailing them at [email protected] or [email protected].

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