Dressing divers and tenders for Mass Casualty Operations

March 25, 2010 by  

In parts I and II we discussed the initial steps for becoming prepared to manage a mass casualty water-related disaster such as a bridge collapse with multiple vehicle submersions. Drill training sessions... 

Understand the safe way of PSD ice diving / rescue

February 26, 2010 by  

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... 

Drysuit Tricks

February 24, 2010 by  

For sport divers, drysuits offer a warm advantage that can be used to extend the diving season – possibly all year – and to extend the amount of time divers are actually able to spend in the water. ... 

Tenders in the PSD arena

February 23, 2010 by  

As we talk about public safety diving (PSD) we hear a lot about the divers and their training or   types of equipment divers need to get the job done safely. But when it comes to tenders they often get... 

Drown Proofing Turn Out Gear

February 23, 2010 by  

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... 

Surface Ice Rescue Pole

February 21, 2010 by  

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... 

Learning how to Use and Clear an AGA mask

February 17, 2010 by  

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.... 

Real Life Training for Real Life Scenarios

February 3, 2010 by  

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... 

Technical Ice Diving

February 3, 2010 by  

Technical Ice Diving The words “technical diving” are popping up all around the diving world these days. Sometimes I am not sure how they actually relate; does technical diving mean that we are just... 

Sport vs PSD ice diving

January 28, 2010 by  

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... 

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