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
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!
TMSA conducts Marine Firefighting training in Connecticut!
TMSA began training fire departments in Northern Connecticut in early October. The training is being held at New London Fire HQ and departments from New London, Mystic, New Haven and Groton are attending. In addition, Fishers Island Ferry has participated by providing one of their ferry for training and have also sent personnel to the training. Check out their Facebook site for pictures and details! 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