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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Conference to be presented by TeamLGS

TeamLGS will be presenting talks on Aquatic Pediatric Abuse and Homicide.  This is the largest conference of its kind in the world that provides both basic and advanced training in the detection, investigation, prosecution, and healing interventions in all types of child victimization, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, fatalities, sexual exploitation, abduction, trafficking, and Internet-related exploitation, with more...

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NYS Criminal Justice Services retains LGS’s Andrea Zaferes to fill gap in aquatic-death investigation training

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services continues to engage Andrea Zaferes of Team Lifeguard Systems to deliver a two-day Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation class. Ms. Zaferes also acts as a contract medicolegal death investigator for the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office. The DCJS class will be offered on an ongoing basis and in different New York counties. The division’s Office of...

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