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Many Fairporters have often wondered what the Grand River Coast Guard Station is all about. It is just across the Grand River. It's not that far away, but it's one of those things that are in your community but you never have visited.

FHM member Linda Penttila decided to change that and arranged a visit for our members on Tuesday, June 19.

Making presentations were BM1, Operations Petty Officer Mark Torres, our tour guide and Tony Ruque, a member of the USCG Auxiliary.

Members listened and watched a power point presentation about the USCG and its many, many necessary obligations, ranging from standard naval resques, to drug and alien interdiction. Also explained was the Auxiliary group and its function. Another group called the American Spirit comprised of both boys and girls who learn water safety was also at the station.

The tour included the building and grounds. Especially fascinating was the 47 foot rescue vessel, which dwarfed the 25 footer.

About thirty members took the tour.

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Two views of the Grand River US Coast Guard Station

 

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USCG Boat house

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FHM tour group, all 30 of us

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USCG classroom

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USCG Operations Petty Officer Mark Torres

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USCG Auxiliarist Tony Ruque

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Operations Petty Officer Torres explains

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25 foot USCG (RBS) response boat small

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USCG 47 foot (MLB) motor life boat

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Larry discusses kantales with an able bodied listener.

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No one is quite certain "what" Leena is asking.

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Linda Penttila and BM1 Mark Torres (L) and Auxiliarist Tony Ruque

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THANK YOU MARK AND TONY, AND THE US COAST GUARD, WE ENJOYED OUR FIELD TRIP

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A BONUS, A HERON, either waiting for a fish, or to enlist in the USCG.

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