Drownproofing Turnout Gear Article
Apr15

Drownproofing Turnout Gear Article

Drownproofing Turnout Gear By Andrea Zaferes 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...

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What would Butch do?  – Remember your first four responsibilities on a scene are You, Your Team, Your Family, the Victim
Apr15

What would Butch do? – Remember your first four responsibilities on a scene are You, Your Team, Your Family, the Victim

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 to 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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What would Butch do? – Remember your first four responsibilities on a scene are You, Your Team, Your Family, the Victim
Dec14

What would Butch do? – Remember your first four responsibilities on a scene are You, Your Team, Your Family, the Victim

  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 to 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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Here comes Ice Rescue Season!
Dec09

Here comes Ice Rescue Season!

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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Andrea Zaferes to speak at 2016 Crimes Against Women Conference
Dec04

Andrea Zaferes to speak at 2016 Crimes Against Women Conference

Andrea Zaferes to present Aquatic Death Workshop at the 11th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women, April 4-6, 2016. The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is proud  to be a co-presenter of the 11th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women. While DPD’s primary goal is to prevent crime from occurring, it is also deeply committed to solving crimes after they occur. Both violent and property crimes are vigorously and thoroughly...

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Spring Preplanning For Safe Ice Rescue Operations: Part 1
Nov16

Spring Preplanning For Safe Ice Rescue Operations: Part 1

 Spring Preplanning For Safe Ice Rescue Operations: Part 1 By Andrea Zaferes and Walt “Butch” Hendrick Copyrighted 1995 Lifeguard Systems The following article specifically addresses ice rescue operations, but the preplanning process is the same for all water-related incidents. Much of the information comes from Surface Ice Rescue by Walt Hendrick and Andrea Zaferes. We frequently ask fire, police and EMS personnel who...

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