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  • National Policy Project on Recreational Boating Incident Reporting

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    An overview of project workgroup recommendations and next steps in consensus process.

    This interactive session will focus on the workgroup's consensus recommendations from the first phase of this national project, and prepare you and your States to participate in an upcoming, open comment period. Materials will be distributed in advance of the workshop.

    Deborah A. Gona, PhD

    Engineering, Reporting & Analysis Committee Staff; NASBLA Research Consultant

  • Your New State Assigned Hull Identification Number (HIN) Format

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    Clarification on the state assigned HIN policy, as well as insight to a future USCG policy statement regarding state assigned HINs.

    This session will provide clarification on the state assigned HIN policy, as well as insight to a future U.S. Coast Guard policy statement regarding state assigned HINs. The policy statement will help provide greater clarification on topics such as default year, state assigned HIN placement, and confidential HIN best practices.

    Caroline Mantel

    Director of Business Development • BoatHistoryReport.com

    Caroline is a Florida native and has been a coastline resident her entire life, even while earning her degrees in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Miami. She has worked as the Director of Business Development for BoatHistoryReport.com for 6 years and wears many hats in the boating industry. For the past 2 and a half years, she has served on the VIRT Committee, most recently as Vice Chair. In addition to VIRT, she is also a member of ERAC. Her passion however, lies with UCOTVA and working to help create consistency between states in regards to boat titling, as well as the branding provision for vessels to ensure boats are not sold with undisclosed damage. Part of that also lies in educating the consumer on the risks associated with purchasing a damaged vessel. 

    In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, camping, fishing, and boating - obviously.

  • Technologies and Training in Law Enforcement Programs

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    Results from the 2019 National Training Survey

    What new trends are law enforcement programs seeing? What new technologies and trainings are needed? Results from the 2019 National Training Survey and interactive discussion on the needs of maritime law enforcement.

    Corey Britcher

    Colonel, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement

    Colonel Corey Britcher has been the director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement for the last seven years. He has been with the agency for 22 years serving as a WCO in the busy Southern Huntingdon (Raystown Lake) district before promoting to Sergeant and then Captain in the Southcentral Region. A strong advocate for the Recreational Boating Safety and Water Rescue programs, both were moved under his purview in a recent agency reorganization. As part of this reorganization, COL Britcher serves as Pennsylvania’s Boating Law Administrator and currently chairs NASBLA’s Law Enforcement and Training Committee. He was recently recognized by the Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards Committee with an award for Program Development for the PFBC SWERT (Swift Water Emergency Response Team). Other accolades include the Agency’s Officer of the Year, Top Gun, Life Saving, and Outstanding Service awards.
    Larry Furlong, Assistant Bureau Director of Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

    Aaron Kerr

    Wyoming Law Enforcement Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

    John Fetterman

    NASBLA Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy, Enforcement & Officer Training

    John Fetterman was hired by NASBLA in January 2010 as the association’s first Law Enforcement Director. In this capacity, Fetterman worked to integrate and coordinate law enforcement programs within NASBLA and to improve the nonprofit organization’s law enforcement program value to its members through education and consulting services. Fetterman and his team launched NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program (BOAT) in April of 2010, NASBLA to date has trained over 10,000 federal, state, local and tribal maritime law enforcement officers and maritime response professionals. 

    On March 13, 2014, John was promoted to Deputy Executive Director. 

    Before joining the NASBLA staff, Fetterman, a native of Pittsburgh, PA worked for the Maine Bureau of Marine Patrol for 32 years. He began his career with the Maine agency in 1977 as a field officer. Much of his career with the Marine Patrol was spent as chief pilot, flying some 12,000 hours in multiple aircraft. In non-flight duties, Major Fetterman also supervised the Bureau’s Special Services and served for over 20 years on the Emergency Response Team within the Maine Emergency Management Agency. In 2001 he was promoted to Deputy Chief and served as the Coastal Boating Law Administrator for the state of Maine until December 2009. 

    Fetterman joined NASBLA’s Executive Board as a member-at-large in 2005-06, then led NASBLA as president in 2007-08. Fetterman also served as vice chair of NASBLA’s new Homeland Security Committee (now the Preparedness & Response Committee), in 2004, and as the committee chair in 2005. In June 2006, he was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council, where he served two three year terms and in 2012 served a 3 year term on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. In addition to his NASBLA assignments, Fetterman also serves at the senior contract staff representative to the Life Jacket Association.

    Deputy Director Fetterman and his wife, Cathy, live in Manchester, Maine, and have four grown and married children and six grandchildren.

  • New USCG Approved Life Jacket Labels Hitting the Market

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    The NEW USCG Approved Life Jacket Labels are hitting the market now. What are the NASBLA and the states doing in response? What do you need to know?

    The NEW USCG Approved Life Jacket Labels are hitting the market now. What are the NASBLA and the states doing in response? What do you need to know?

    Stacey Brown

    Recreational Boating Safety Manager, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

  • State Program Education & Communications

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    What topic and strategies are state programs focusing on in their education and public outreach campaigns in 2019?

    What topic and strategies are state programs focusing on in their education and public outreach campaigns in 2019?

    Stacey Brown

    Recreational Boating Safety Manager, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

  • U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division Update

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    ​Update on the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

    Update on the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

    Verne Gifford

    Chief, Boating Safety Division

  • National RBS Program State Financial Update

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    National RBS Program State Financial Update

    National RBS Program State Financial Update

    Gary Jensen

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, USCG Boating Safety Division

    Cynthia Dudzinski

    Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

  • National RBS State Grant Program Update

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    National RBS State Grant Program Update

    National Recreational Boating Safety State Grant Program Update

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

  • U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces Update

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    U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces Update

    U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boat Forces Update

    Jeff Wheeler

    Deputy Chief, Office of Boat Forces

    Jeff Wheeler is the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boat Forces located at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Office of Boat Forces enables mission performance in support of the strategic goals of the Coast Guard, providing human capital and capabilities necessary to effectively operate boats to meet Coast Guard mission requirements.

    He came to Boat Forces in 2000 while still on active duty, assuming the role of Manager, Boat Crew Training and Doctrine. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management, oversight and development of the service-wide boat crew training program and boat readiness and standardization program. Mr. Wheeler retired from active duty in 2003 and continued to serve the Office of Boat Forces in a civilian capacity. In 2008, Mr. Wheeler assumed the Deputy Chief position in which he is responsible for assisting the office Chief in the direct supervision, management and strategic development of the Boat Forces program. 

    Prior to his assignments within the Office of Boat Forces, Mr. Wheeler served at multiple operational field commands throughout the country performing law enforcement, search and rescue, and aids to navigation missions. Mr. Wheeler has held numerous operational and boat competencies within the Coast Guard, including Surfman, which have provided a profound knowledge of boat operations and mission requirements. He attended the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville VA in 2009.

  • NASBLA Programs & Projects

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    Updates on NASBLA Programs & Projects

    Updates on NASBLA Programs & Projects

    Hannah Helsby

    Deputy Executive Director • NASBLA