Land Office and U.S. Coast Guard personnel take to the water during a drill.
Land Office and U.S. Coast Guard drill participants set out on a mission.
Containment boom weighing 1.7 lb. per foot is hauled into position by responders.
Responders unpacking a portable Fast Tank, which can store up to 2,400 gallons of oil and contaminated water where needed.
Responders place containment boom during a drill.
A great deal of planning is needed to contain and clean up an oil spill.
A crop duster demonstrates its ability to fly low and slow, making it ideal for dropping dispersants on oil slicks.
Land Office personnel unload hundreds of feet of containment boom from a response trailer.
Containment boom is wrestled into position for being towed by a response boat.
A command post trailer is always the scene of much activity during a drill or actual spill.
Responders in airboats return to shore after inspecting an area of concern during a drill.
Responders depart for a first-hand look at the situation.
Containment boom is towed into position by response boats.
A Land Office responder describes a drum skimmer, which removes oil from the surface of water.
This propane-powered scare cannon makes a loud bang, like a firearm, frightening birds away from areas polluted with oil.
On a rainy, blustery day, Land Office staffers deploy a small arsenal of oil spill response equipment, including a scare cannon, containment boom, a hydraulic power pack and a drum skimmer.
This JBF skimmer can collect and separate floating oil in a single operation.
Responders use a GPS device to guide their airboat.
Land Office employees compare notes after a drill meeting.
Responders like this Land Office employee know drills pay big dividends during actual spills.
General Land Office and U.S. Coast Guard personnel work together on a drill scenario.
A scare cannon, containment boom and response boats, including three airboats, are ready for deployment in a drill.
This 24-foot response boat can take a drum skimmer (the yellow, drum-like object to the right of the boat) and the hydraulic power pack that runs it wherever they’re needed, even in waters less than 2-feet deep.
This Honda wash pump can be used for many purposes, such as removing water, fire fighting and salvage operations.
Responders on a 24-foot response boat prepare to deploy a drum skimmer.
Journalists role play during a drill, asking questions that responders might face in a real oil spill.
A drum skimmer weighing 115 lb. is removed from a response trailer.
Airboats can skim along the surface of the shallowest waters, even crossing over dry land for short distances.
Land Office oil spill responders confer on the best course of action to fight an imaginary spill.