|Forrest was the lead instructor for a Search Coordination and Execution class at Sector Charleston May 11-12 and May 18-19, 2013. He was the only qualified AUXSC&E instructor in South Carolina but at least two instructors are required. Fortunately, the National Branch chief, Judy Julian, from the National Training Center drove to Charleston to share the teaching.
At that time, the Coast Guard required all its officers above a certain level to take its Search and Rescue course, SC&E, which stands for "Search Coordination and Execution". This is described on its National Search and Rescue page. (Click to read about the course.). The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers the exact same course to its members. It is described on its Search Coordination and Execution website as well. The image at left depicts a typical watchstander room where distress calls are received. The SC&E class trains first responders to plan a rescue in response to such a distress call. One key step is plotting a Search Pattern.
There were 13 students from across South Carolina and North Carolina which made for a large and interesting class. However, the size presented some problems. For example, the National Training center strongly recommends that there be three proctors for a class that size and Judy could not stay for the exam. Forrest thought he had two Auxiliarists coming in from elsewhere to help but they didn't materialize. He divided the class into three groups and proctored them at different times, spread over two days.
| Note: Two D7 Auxiliarists who have taken the course are in the process of qualifying as instructors so there should be plenty of instructors the next time the course is offered. The class uses a mixture of lectures, team exercises, quizzes, practical plotting exercises and exams. Here one group is participating in a team planning exercise. The class was given 12 possible situations, called Scenarios, to discuss. Each group of three took the lead on three of these. After discussing among themselves, one member of the group presented the results to the class for discussion. A typical Scenario may have looked, in part, like this (paraphrased here):
The coxswain of an underway MLB (Motor Lifeboat) has been flagged down by a disabled pleasure craft. The vessel is not in distress. The vesselís radio is in operating condition, but they have not used it to call for assistance, even though there is alternative assistance available. (The rest of the scenario is not given here.) Students are then asked "What is Coast Guard Policy for this situation?"
|Taking the Written Exam||Discussing a Scenario||Taking a Quiz|
|Plotting Search Patterns is a Crucial Course Objective|