The Tri-state Maritime Safety Association (TMSA), combining the Delaware River and Bay Marine Fire Fighting Task Force (MFFTF) & Tri-state Search And Rescue (TriSAR), promotes partnerships between local responders and the maritime community for regional maritime emergency preparedness within Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
425 Carl Miller Blvd Camden, New Jersey, 08104, USA
TMSA was formed as the Delaware River and Bay Marine Fire Fighting Task Force in 1980, a volunteer organization to address regional marine fire fighting issues.
In 1998, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Philadelphia met with the Directors of Emergency Management of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania to propose the formation of a permanent home to the Marine Fire Fighting Task Force. Together they formulated a plan and wrote the Charter of TMSA.
In 1999, TMSA incorporated as a non-profit in NJ, PA, & DE, combining the MFFTF and Tri-state Search And Rescue to address Maritime Safety within our ports.
TMSA has since become a national leader in addressing Maritime Consequence Management issues. TMSA membership includes local responders with waterfront jurisdiction, commercial waterfront facilities, vessel operators, port authorities, shipyards, tug & barge operators, maritime industry, specialized response equipment distributors, and appropriate federal & state agencies. In addition to the planning role, select members of the Maritime Incident Response Team (MIRT) respond to incidents to provide technical expertise to local responders to help mitigate incidents Contact TMSA for more information
Training Programs used by Fire Department of City of New York ! Who provides your training needs?
TMSA, through local partnerships, has initiated training and exercise programs for local law enforcement agencies with responsibilities for the maritime regions of the Delaware River and Bay. Through these efforts and activities in coordination with the Coast Guard chaired Port Security Committee, local law enforcement agencies are actively enhancing their resources and capabilities to support regional maritime security needs. Additional information on Port Security can be obtained from contacting the U.S. Coast Guard Philadelphia Port Security Planning Branch at 215-271-4800.
Marine Fire Fighting - extensive land based Marine Fire Fighting Training based upon NFPA’s 1405 Guide including Train-the-Trainer & Maritime Emergency Ship/Shore Interface. (Awareness, Operations, Technician, Specialist, and Incident Command) *************************** Maritime Search And Rescue - TMSA offers SAR Boat Operator & Crewman courses for responders. ************************** Flood Response - Courses are now available for Flood Response in the Urban Environment ************************** Coast Guard Approved Marine Fire Training - Basic Marine Fire Fighting CLICK HERE to register or find course schedules
NEW ODP Certification: Our Marine Fire I and II have been combined into a 16 hour Harbor Incidnet Response Training Program that has been institutionalized by ODP as part of our FDNY training program. It is listed under the NY-002-RESP under approved state training programs in the ODP State Catalog.
Exercises & Planning
TMSA conducts & coordinates training & response exercises to assess the effectiveness of plans & training programs.
TMSA offers planning services for contingency plans, pre-incident plans, and exercise plans for vessels and facilities.
Maritime Incident Response Team (MIRT)
The MIRT provides support to local Incident Commanders, the Coast Guard, and Martime Industry during Maritime Emergencies. It is comprised of marine firefighters, maritime specialists, and other Key Technical Adivisors critical to maritime operations.
TMSA is primarily supported by our volunteer members. We have a very limited staff to manage daily administration and rely on our membership to support our training, exercise, planning and operational needs. We need a large variety of motivated instructors, firefighters, maritime personnel, maritime specialists, and many others to successfully this critical regional organziation. Contact us by phone or email below if you are interested in supporting your maritime first responder community and our ports.
The MIRTeam is always looking for certain types of used equipment that many departments no longer need. A primary example are old ladder pipes and Stang guns that can be retrofited by our team to be utilzed on board vessels as master streams. If you have any old equipment you wish to donate, contact us today!
Deputy Chief Paul Price, Sr
Maritime Incident Response Team
It is with deep regret that we must share the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague. Paul was a long time member of the Tri-state Maritime Safety Assn and the Delaware River and Bay Maritime Incident Response Team. Paul passed away suddenly Thursday, August 11, 2016 at home. In addition to serving as one of our deputy chiefs for the MIRT, Chief Price is a retired deputy chief from the Camden NJ Fire Department. He also served as a Safety Officer with Audubon Fire Department in NJ where he is a life member.
Tri-state Maritime Safety Assn trains Panama Canal personnel in two Marine Response Programs
Canal de Panama, Panama
TMSA has just completed the second round of training for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) during August and September. TMSA presented Command Strategies and Tactics for Marine Emergencies (CSTME), a joint training program with Maine Maritime Academy, during our first trip in June, providing training to 40 personnel from various ACP departments on conducting a coordinated response to Marine Incidents. We had the opportunity to return again to provide LNG and LPG Emergencies in the Marine Environmentto nearly 100 personnel (including the ACP Fire Department) that is designed to prepare ACP personnel for the future visits of LNG vessels through the new locks in 2016. Both of these courses are avaialable for local delivery in your area.
TMSA conducts Marine Firefighting training in New Jersey!
TMSA began training fire departments in Northern New Jersey in early April. The training was held at Elizabeth Fire Dept HQ and Middlesex County Fire Academy. In addition, the Fire Department of New York's new regional Marine Simulator was used to complete the five days of comprehensive training. Check out our Facebook site for pictures and details! This Marine Firefighter training is approved for Port Security Grant funding under U.S. DHS/FEMA approved training programs. Contact TMSA for additional details!
MIRTeam Members attend Williams Xtreme Training in Texas
MIRT Chief Doug Dillon and DC Al Huelsenbeck attended this year's training in Beumont, TX. Here the two chiefs manage a master stream during a process unit fire as part of an integrated team response using foam and Hydro-Chem TM agent
NFPA 1005 Marine Firefighter 1 and 2
FEMA approved under state programs! It is listed under the