Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla to host Safety Day on May 4
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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-09 will host Safety Day 2013 in conjunction with area first responders at the annual Relay for Life event at Cleveland High School on May 4, from noon to 4 p.m.

Responders include Air Evac, 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland Fire Department, Bradley County Fire-Rescue, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Flotilla Commander Stephen McLain said, “We look forward to our annual Safety Day. It’s an opportunity for area first responders to build relationships within the community and raise awareness as we head into the boating season.”

Safety Day will be part of the larger Relay for Life event.

Vice-Flotilla Commander William J. McGarvey said, “We’re excited to build synergy between the two programs. Saving lives is ... the core goal of both organizations and by working together, we believe we can accomplish great things.”

In addition to the first responders, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will have vessel examiners on hand providing free vessel safety checks with the goal of increasing safety and decreasing the chances of costly fines on the water.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer Tim Hooker said, “We encourage boaters to bring their boats to Safety Day 2013. You’d be surprised how many folks start the boating season without ever checking to see if they have enough life jackets or if their running lights work. Our free vessel safety checks can save lives and money.”

Relay for Life participants will get a sneak peak of the auxiliary’s presence this year as its color guard will participate in the opening ceremonies for Relay for Life on May 3.

Flotilla Commander Stephen McLain encourages everyone to come to the opening, as well as the Safety Day events on Saturday.