Public Safety Diving Search Patterns
Mar02

Public Safety Diving Search Patterns

Public Safety Diving Search Patterns By Walt Hendrick, Andrea Zaferes, and Craig Nelson MD. If you took a recreational rescue diver course or recreational search and recovery course, you probably learned a number of different search techniques, such as the expanding square or circular search using a line. These techniques might work well for high-visibility, buddy diving, but they are not very effective for blackwater, technical,...

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NYS Criminal Justice Services retains LGS’s Andrea Zaferes to fill gap in aquatic-death investigation training

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services continues to engage Andrea Zaferes of Team Lifeguard Systems to deliver a two-day Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation class. Ms. Zaferes also acts as a contract medicolegal death investigator for the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office. The DCJS class will be offered on an ongoing basis and in different New York counties. The division’s Office of...

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Rescue Net
Apr05

Rescue Net

Part of being a prepared rescuer is knowing how to get an injured diver or person out of the water and up onto a boat or dock. The first step is to strip all the gear off a diver, if this hasn’t already been done. The next step is to keep the patients horizontal when removing them from the water. This is especially important for patients who have had long immersion times and who are hypothermic. Here’s why in a simple nutshell. When...

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Public Safety Diving Search Patterns
Mar31

Public Safety Diving Search Patterns

By Walt Hendrick, Andrea Zaferes, and Craig Nelson MD. If you took a recreational rescue diver course or recreational search and recovery course, you probably learned a number of different search techniques, such as the expanding square or circular search using a line.  These techniques might work well for high-visibility, buddy diving, but they are not very effective for blackwater, technical, public safety diving applications. ...

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Evidence – we all should know how to handle it

There may be more to it than meets the eye! in SORTIE Vol. 1 no. 2 brings up the point that drowning can be homicidal, and that a body could be dumped in the water in an attempt to cover up foul play. A significant percentage of dive teams today are fire teams. These teams will often respond to both recovery and rescue operations. What happens to an investigation when proper information is not recorded and evidence is handled...

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