HAVANA, Fla. (November 20, 2012) –Tallahassee Community College’s Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) hosted the Advanced Boating Accident Investigation course, November 12-16. The course was conducted by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
FPSI is one of only three NASBLA training sites nationwide.
The course provided law enforcement officers with an opportunity to advance their skills in boat accident investigation. Agencies participating in the course included: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Lake Stevens (Wa.) Police Department, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Massachusetts Environmental Police, King County (Wa.) Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai County (Id.) Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife, NYPD Harbor Unit, Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles County (Ca.) Lake Lifeguards, U.S. Geological Survey, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources
In 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard documented 4,588 accidents that resulted in 758 deaths; 3,081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents and was listed as the leading factor in 16% of the deaths.
NASBLA, with grant assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, has offered boat accident investigation seminars to law enforcement officers nationally since 1988. During that time, more than 3,500 officers have taken advantage of NASBLA’s specialized training. NASBLA’s courses also help shape boat safety regulations across the country by providing critical data on boating accidents.
The Florida Public Safety Institute, located 14 miles west of Tallahassee on U.S. Highway 90, is home to the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy. The Florida Public Safety Institute offers training programs in firefighting, corrections, probation, dispatching, private security and law enforcement intelligence.