I Said NO! Or Is That An Order…?

By Ken Balfrey As law enforcement officers, do we have the right to say no in a surface or subsurface rescue situation? Are our departments and ranking officers (Chief, Sheriff, or Public Safety Directors) telling us we have to attempt a rescue? Do we have the equipment, skills, or training to make an educated, practical and safe decision? We are normally the first to arrive at any type of incident. We know how to handle motor vehicle...

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Why wearing a harness is important for safety and search effectiveness

Why wearing a harness is important for safety and search effectiveness Sometimes we take for granted that the value of a harness is obvious. We stop taking it for granted when we meet teams that either never thought of the concept or who are resistant to it. In either case, education needs to take place. As low visibility searches almost always require tender-directed, tethered, solo diving for safety, accuracy, repeatable patterns,...

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Learning how to Use and Clear an AGA mask
Mar25

Learning how to Use and Clear an AGA mask

The Desired Learning Outcome (DLO) of clearing an AGA is as follows. Two years from at 0200 hrs, you are called to a submerged vehicle with two passengers. It is cold and rainy. The team is in rescue mode. You are the primary diver. The tender’s good calculations put you right on top of the vehicle. As you descend on it, the bottom of your AGA mask hits the top of the slightly opened driver’s door, and your AGA is pushed off your face...

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A response to “why” we train the way we do
Mar01

A response to “why” we train the way we do

We received a comment from our PSD ice diving video. “We have plenty of ways of dealing with ice dive scenarios, none of which involve setting up rope systems to get divers to the last seen point. Our usual ice dive drill involves cutting a hole in the ice, however that is training for the diver to get used to being in an overhead environment. We have worked on scenarios involving thin ice, and I’m not seeing how the sled thing...

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Understand the safe way of PSD ice diving / rescue
Feb26

Understand the safe way of PSD ice diving / rescue

The ice drowning season is just upon us. Now is the time for Fire Fighters, First Responders, Dive Teams, and Law Enforcement to experience The New Wave of Public Safety Ice Diving, and for the public to learn what they should and should not do if someone falls through. Drowning is the 2nd most common cause of accidental death to children in the U.S. and 3rd for adults. About half of these occur in cold water. Ice drowning victims...

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