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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Drown Proofing Turn Out Gear
Feb23

Drown Proofing Turn Out Gear

A firefighter dressed in turnout gear and no personal flotation device (PFD) falls out of a small boat during a flood in New Jersey while attempting to help flood victims.  Tragically, he drowns. All firefighters have the potential of experiencing accidental immersion in flooded basements or trenches, covered pools, and open water sites.  Just look at the number of fire personnel standing on the Hennepin County Bridge collapse in...

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Pet Rescue Device
Feb22

Pet Rescue Device

Bo Tibbetts, an LGS instructor and our LGS Midwest Rep, made the following useful slideshow of how we perform dog ice rescues. The goal is to never get close enough to be bitten. Even the nicest dog can become a fierce biter when hypothermic and terrified by the advancing alien (the ice suit clad rescuer).  Firefighters have been bitten in the face, hands, and other body parts while rescuing “nice” dogs. The use of Marsars “Pet...

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Surface Ice Rescue Pole
Feb21

Surface Ice Rescue Pole

The ice rescue pole is one of the most versatile, useful, easy to store and transport, inexpensive tools for technician-level ice rescue personnel. Ice rescue poles have seven main functions: to test the ice as the rescuer approaches the victim(s) to help prevent the rescuer from slipping and falling to prevent full submergence if the rescuer penetrates the ice to help the rescuer get out of an ice hole to reach to an aggressive,...

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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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