FLOTILLA 12-1, BAYSIDE, NY
DIVISION 12 FIRST SOUTHERN DISTRICT
Flotilla 12-1 is located in Fort Totten, Bayside, NY. Currently our flotilla consists of 67 active members and 5 Operational Facilities, 2 PWC Operational Facilities, 1 Air Facilities, 4 Radio Facilities. We operate under the direct supervision of USCG Sector New York. Our Area of Responsibility is North Shore of Long Island from Matinecock Point West into the East River to Mill Rock.We have meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every Month and several Social Activities throught the year. We provide free vessel safety checks at local marinas. We also offer safe boating classes to the public in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Course offerings include Boating Safety, Navigation, Sailing, etc. Please visit the pages of our web site for more detailed information.
Currently we have 4 Qualified Coxswains, 6 Qualified Crew Members, 2 Qualified PWC Operators. Our Public Education Staff consists of 11 Certified Instructors. In addition we have 12 Qualified Vessel Examiners conducting Vessel Safety Checks and 4 Recreational Boating Safety Visitors, 3 Qualified Interpreters.
In 2011 our Members participated in 35 Training hours, 224 hours of Safety Patrols, 76 hours of Regatta Patrols, 1 hour of Chart Updating Patrols, 3 Assists, 5 Persons Assited and Saved $10,000 in Property Value, Gave 154 Courtesy Examinations of Public Vessels, plus 23 Recreational Boating Safety Examinations. We had 414 hours of Public Affairs Missions. In addition we held 21 Public Education Sessions for a total 86 hours.
In 2010 our Members participated in 74 Training hours, 317 hours of Safety Patrols, 107 hours of Regatta Patrols, 12 hours of Marine Safety Patrols, 69 hours of Coast Guard Operational Support, 4 Assists,and Saved $100,000 in Property Value, Gave 280 Courtesy Examinations of Public Vessels, plus 13 Recreational Boating Safety Examinations. In addition we held 50 Public Education Sessions for a total 136 hours.
In 2009 our members participated in 72 Training hours, 431 hours of Safety Patrols, 73 hours of Regatta Patrols, 9 hours Marine Safety Patrols, 58 hours of Coast Guard Operational Support. 8 Lives Saved, 15 Assists, 26 Persons Assisted and Saved $125,000 in Property Value. Gave 211 Courtesy Examinations of Public Vessels plus 148 Recreational Boating Safety Visitations. In addition we held 37 Public Education Sessions for a total of 114 hours.
ABOUT THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard established by Congress in 1939 to assist in promoting boating safety. It boast nearly 30,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be an intergal part of Team Coast Guard. Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in Non-Law Enforcement Programs such as Public Education, Vessel Safety checks, Safety Patrols, Search and Rescue, Maritime Safety and Security and Environmental Protection. Auxiliarists volunteer more than 2 million hours annually.
In an average day the Coast Guard Auxiliary completes 62.5 Safety Patrols, completes 6.2 Regatta Patrols, performs 10.2 Vessel Assists, Assists 28 people, Saves 1 life, Saves $341,290 in property, Participates in 100 Operational Support Missions, Participates in 48.7 Administrative Support Missions, Completes 13.4 Recruiting Support Missions, Educates 369 people on Boating Safety, Performs 299 Vessel Safety Checks, Attends 70 Public Affairs Functions.
For members we provide more advanced training in such topics as seamanship, navigation, communications, weather, boat crew, coxswain, etc. This provides the skills necessary to serve and enjoy the fellowship of the Auxiliary.
ABOUT THE COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard is an armed maritime service with the military, law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and search and rescue (SAR missions). In an average day, the Coast Guard conducts 109 SAR cases, saves 10 lives, assists 192 people in distress, protects $2.8 million in property, conducts 396 small boat patrols, 164 aircraft flights, boards 144 vessels and seizes 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine worth $9.6 million, interdict 14 illegal immigrants, process 238 merchant mariner licenses and documents, boards 100 large vessels for port safety checks, responds to 20 oil or hazardous chemical spills totaling 2,800 gallons, services 135 buoys and other Aids to Navigation, safely conducts 2, 509 vessels in and out of major ports and its icebreakers assist 197,00 tons of shipping. Yet, interestingly enough, the Coast Guard maintains the same personnel levels as it did in 1967 and is smaller than the New York City Police Department.
Formed as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton to collect taxes and deter piracy, the Coast Guard is the oldest armed, uniformed service in continual operation since 1790. (The Army, Navy and Marines were disbanded after the War of Independence and only later formed again; the Air Force was formed in 1947). In 1915, the Federal Lighthouse and Lifesaving services were merged with Revenue Cutter Service and renamed the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard was under the administration of the Department of the Treasury (except during times of War. when it was transferred to the Department of Navy) until the 1960s, when it was transferred to the authority of the Department of Transportation. In March, 2003, the Coast Guard was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security