What would Butch Do? Your first four responsibilities on a scene…
Apr17

What would Butch Do? Your first four responsibilities on a scene…

You can see the 5 year old’s body caught in the strainer. Everybody wants to go now. Let’s go get him. Take the basic 5 steps. What am I seeing that can go wrong? What am I not seeing because I’m looking too quickly? Do I have a hands-on practiced plan for how I’m going to get my own people out? Do I have everything I need for my trained emergency plan to work? If I’m not sure how I’m going to get the 5...

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LGS Public Safety Dive Training Levels
Apr07

LGS Public Safety Dive Training Levels

Have you ever wondered what different trainings are available in Public Safety Diving?  Click here to see our flow chart for the different Public Safety Diving Levels (1-5), and specific skills offered (Ice Diving, Underwater Vehicle Extrication …). Contact us for information on water rescue/recovery training and equipment, and water operation...

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A Tragic Accident or Homicidal Drowning? What First Responders can do.
Apr04

A Tragic Accident or Homicidal Drowning? What First Responders can do.

A Tragic Accident or Homicidal Drowning? What First Responders can do. Andrea Zaferes and Walt Hendrick, Lifeguard Systems and RIPTIDE az@teamlgs.com • An adolescent drowns in a lake where he frequently swam, and it is ruled accidental. Twenty years later his brother confesses that he and his friends watched a man drown his brother. • A woman is found drowned in a bathtub. The ruling is accidental drowning. When the woman’s husband...

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Swiftwater Surface Rescue Article – Catch Me If You Can by Butch Hendrick
Apr03

Swiftwater Surface Rescue Article – Catch Me If You Can by Butch Hendrick

Catch Me If You Can Some Basics On Moving Water By Walt “Butch” Hendrick The incredible force of unleashed moving water is one of the most awesome factors in our lives. Even those who understand it, view it in awe. Moving water seems to beckon to the human race, come play with me. The brave at heart yet often naive in skill, are all to quick to respond to her call of promised adventure. White water and flood waters move so...

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Useful lecture about Drowning Pre-hospital care
Mar07

Useful lecture about Drowning Pre-hospital care

The website https://vimeo.com/113012121   has a useful lecture on drowning pre-hospital care that  Chantelle (diver medic) shared with us. I’m not sure I agree with all of it such as the volumes of water in stomach and lungs present during autopsies. But the resuscitation info is great. Lots of useful info. Some things to note: Fluid present in the lungs is not the volume of fluid aspirated during the drowning process....

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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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