Southeast Alaska is an ocean environment. Ketchikan has consistently ranked in the top 20 ports in the nation for commercial fishery landings and annually generates over $54 million dollars worth of revenue for the local economy. As such fishery captains desire job ready employees that can jump on a ship qualified to work. With that in mind, Ketchikan Correctional Center recently offered skills ready training in marine safety. Sixteen inmates successfully completed the 18-hour Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) training program by Dug Jensen, a qualified marine safety instructor. During the class, inmates learned proper safety procedures, demonstrated the ability to set up a vessel evacuation plan, demonstrated the ability to get into a survival suit in under a minute and to inflate and properly enter a life raft. They also learned how to deal with vessel fires and proper protocol for sending and receiving distress messages.
— Superintendent Jessica Mathews