Real Life Training for Real Life Scenarios
Feb03

Real Life Training for Real Life Scenarios

Two dogs were rescued Monday afternoon after spending eight days trapped on Potsdam’s Sugar Island in the freezing weather. The St. Lawrence County Dive Team used a boat borrowed from Brookfield Power Corp. to cross the swift-moving Raquette River and a thin patch of ice to reach the starving chocolate Labrador retrievers, which ran away from home last month. To read more about the rescue click...

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Sport vs PSD ice diving
Jan28

Sport vs PSD ice diving

In sport ice diving the ice is thick enough to support divers and tenders. They can walk to their pre-cut holes. Back up divers can sit on chairs on the ice. They can shovel a star pattern in the snow around the primary hole. They bring warm water buckets to manage free flowing regulators. Tenders stand or sit on the ice. They move at a leisurely pace setting up their staging area, and moving to their dive hole. That has nothing to do...

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Spring Pre-planning for Surface Ice Rescue
Dec17

Spring Pre-planning for Surface Ice Rescue

Surface Ice Rescue Poles By Andrea Zaferes and Walt Hendrick 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: 1. to test the ice as the rescuer approaches the victim(s) 2. to help prevent the rescuer from slipping and falling 3. to prevent full submergence if the rescuer penetrates the ice 4....

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Public Safety Ice Diving Operations

The following article is taken out of Ice Diving Operations (Pennwell Publishing, 430 pages, 2003) Public Safety Ice Diving Operations By Andrea Zaferes and Walt “Butch” Hendrick Some divers ice dive for fun, others do it as a job. Those that ice dive professionally may do so as ice diving instructors, as scientific divers, or as public safety divers. Unfortunately many of the standards, practices, and guidelines used...

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Evidence – we all should know how to handle it. Is it possible evidence or is it a waste of our time?

Evidence – we all should know how to handle it. Is it possible evidence or is it a waste of our time? By Andrea Zaferes www.teamlgs.com Lifeguard Systems (845) 657-5544 fax 657-5549 PO Box 594 Shokan NY 12481 Call for information on water death investigations, water rescue/recovery training and equipment, and water operation procedures. Hendrick’s article There may be more to it than meets the eye! in SORTIE Vol. 1 no. 2...

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