The US Coast Guard stationed on Presque Isle is responsible for covering an area from Dunkirk, NY to Conneaut, OH. The organization is opening its doors to the public to see first hand how the Coast Guard operates and you’re invited.
They’re always ready to jump into action, 24/7; 365 days a year. We’re talking about the US Coast Guard Erie. On May 20th from noon until four, the doors to the Coast Guard Station will be open to the public. Coast Guard members will be available for questions, show off their rescue boats and give some tips on how to stay safe while boating.
Chief Daniel Heitzer says, “A lot of folks do research on where the best fishing hole is or having fun on the water. Nobody thinks about safety and we would like to get the folks thinking that way.”
Of course, longtime resident Chief the Dog will be there to greet the guests, as well. One or two fire departments are scheduled to be part of the day doing water rescues. The Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Detroit May also fly in for the open house.
There will be demonstrations on the importance of life jackets; they’re useless if you’re not wearing them on the water.
And now that boating season is right around the corner, you want to make sure your boat is ready for the water. “Making sure flares aren’t expired, life jackets are in good condition and the rest of your safety gear is usable after a rough winter like we had.”
Again, the event will be held Sunday, May 20th from 12-4pm. Turn in to Beach 11, the entrance is on the right before the North Pier.