"Rescues Around Chatham", with Stuart Smith and Carlos Hessler
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center welcomes Stuart Smith, Chatham Harbormaster, and Senior Chief Carlos Hessler, Officer In Charge Coast Guard Station Chatham, to its Virtual Summer Speaker Series
This season’s program theme of “Radio to the Rescue” encompasses new exhibits at the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum and a series of fascinating speakers, continuing on August 18 with “Rescues Around Chatham”. Radio communication ended the isolation of mariners over a century ago. Since then, radio technology has advanced such that today it is an indispensable life-saving tool in everyday use by agencies entrusted with the safety of mariners everywhere.
Chatham, Massachusetts Harbormaster Stuart Smith will discuss the operations of his department in one of the busiest and most unpredictable recreational maritime settings on the East Coast, and highlight some notable recent rescues. Senior Chief Carlos Hessler, Officer in Charge of Station Chatham, will describe local Coast Guard operations and the communications technology that not only enhances the effectiveness of his skilled rough-water surfmen, but also expedites effective teamwork with harbormasters and other local rescue agencies.
Our speakers will be joined by Lt. Jeremy Silva, USCG, Group Woods Hole, to discuss the Coast Guard’s primary rescue communications tools Rescue 21 and i911. The program will include advice to mariners on how to be safe on the water, what actions to take if they find themselves or another boater in distress, and will conclude with a Q&A session for the participants.