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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Who We Are...

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian component of Coast Guard Forces. Founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the US Coast Guard Reserves and re-designated the Auxiliary in 1941.  It serves you through boating-safety classes, vessel safety checks, and safety patrols on the water and in the air. Members of the Auxiliary have no law-enforcement powers and issue no permits.  The 35,000 volunteer members (men and women) donate thousands of hours in support of Coast Guard missions.

The Coast Guard does more than just Search and Rescue, and with the exception of direct law enforcement and military action, the Auxiliary is there, side by side, working with regular and reserve Coast Guard units, every step of the way.   We're found in every part of the United States, just where Recreational Boating is found. 

The National Organization is broken down along the lines of the Coast Guard Districts (some districts are further sub-divided for ease of administration). Districts are then sub-divided into Divisions, with these units further sub-divided into Flotilla's. The Flotilla is the mainstay of the Auxiliary, and every member must belong to a Flotilla.

We're serious about Boating Safely and Boating Safety. We provide public education on a wide-range of boating topics. We even have programs for KIDS!

In addition to being a major team member of the Coast Guard (our numbers exceed the current strength of the USCG), we are a social and fraternal organization.

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Vessel Identification Stickers for Canoe, Kayak, Rowboat or Paddle Boards

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For more information and to request a sticker please click here.  This is a PDF 5 slide presentation.  Last slide has order information.

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Take My Flares, Please!

It is approaching that time when many Mainers start to think about putting their boats away for the winter. This is a good time to think about what to do with those expired pyrotechnic flares, which the Coast Guard requires to be replaced every 3 to 4 years.

Pyrotechnic flares are classified as hazardous waste, so you cannot dump them in the trash, shoot them off like fireworks, or fire them at sea (unless it’s an emergency!). So, what is a mariner to do?


The Maine’s Fire Marshal has a solution!

State Fire Marshal Joe Thomas encourages boaters to call his office at (207) 626-3870. His staff will collect and transport expired flares to an EPA-approved kiln that had been purchased to incinerate fireworks and other incendiary devices. This service is free to boaters.

The flares disposal program is a voluntary addition to the staff’s regular duties of investigation and enforcement, so it may take a week or two for the Fire Marshal’s office to work out arrangements to pick up the expired flares.

Those who have used this free service were impressed. Lifelong sailor Malcolm Poole, a board member of Friends of Casco Bay, comments, “Having the Fire Marshall’s office willing to offer this service is a great improvement over storing expired pyrotechnics at home. I found them accommodating and interested in safe disposal of expired flares.”

Recently expired Flares may be kept as backup and need not be disposed of!
*** As long as you do have the required nonexpired flares on board! ***

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Listen to the Coast Guard Anthem, Semper Paratus (.Wav file format)

Listen to  the Coast Guard Auxiliary March (.Mid file format)

(If you right click on the above links you can download them using "Save Target As")

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