Dressing divers and tenders for Mass Casualty Operations

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 were introduced with surface and subsurface personnel working around vehicles stacked up on land. This article discusses the minimum equipment needed by divers and tenders. One goal of this article is to help you make safe, effective...

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Understand the safe way of PSD ice diving / rescue
Feb26

Understand the safe way of PSD ice diving / rescue

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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Tenders in the PSD arena

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 lost in the shuffle. There are those who say you can take anyone off the street, hand them a tether line and make them a tender.  What do tenders do after all? They get divers items they might have forgotten or need, and then they just...

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Learning how to Use and Clear an AGA mask

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. You are the primary diver. The tender’s good calculations put you right on top of the vehicle. As you descend on it, the bottom of your AGA mask hits the top of the slightly opened driver’s door, and your AGA is pushed off your face...

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Technical Ice Diving
Feb03

Technical Ice Diving

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 diving mixed gases, or does it mean that we are actually planning a technically responsible dive? No matter how you look at it, the words “technical diving” have a definite meaning when we discuss ice diving, and specifically as it...

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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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