Training is Key

Today’s Fire Rescue services are being tasked with more and more duties that require unique types of training, such as Haz-mat, confined space, vehicle extrication, and other specialties. Because drowning is one of the top causes of accidental death for children and adults worldwide, water is a major issue for all rescue service agencies. Just as Fire Rescue services have numerous, growing specialties, water has so many different...

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Public Safety Diving in the new Millennium, part #2

Sitting on the river bank some 45 years ago watching my father teach many of the first Public Safety Divers I thought, this is as good as it gets. I remember thinking what PSD would be like fifty years from now. Well it has not changed all that much in all those years. The gear has improved but the basic mission remains the same – find what we are looking for and go home when the job is done. Techniques however, have changed...

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Public Safety Diving in the new Millennium, part #1

In the 80s, and even through the early 90s, it was an oddity or even exotic for a fire or police department to have a surface / subsurface water rescue team. As we rescue our way through the year 2000, weather patterns are changing. Flooding has become a major issue in our country. The number of drowning’s has certainly not reduced. In fact drowning continues to dominate in accidental cause of death to children in North America....

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Stop, Think, and Act
Jan13

Stop, Think, and Act

STOP, THINK, ACT By Walt “Butch” Hendrick The words and concepts are pretty simple and and areprobably familiar to all divers, but what do they mean? How do we put them to our best use? Let us take a look at some avenues where we can put the STOP, THINK and ACT concept into ACTion. # 1. BREATHING Before you can begin fixing specific problems, you must first address the number one problem – breathing. Breathing will at some point...

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Personal Water Craft (PWC)
Jan07

Personal Water Craft (PWC)

Personal Watercraft as a tool in surface and diving operations. Personal watercrafts (PWC’s) today are one of the most effective rapid response rescue tools available. They allow rescuers an ease of deployment and quick launching. They can be used as transport vessels for diving operations with limited boats. For surface rescues, such as overturned boats, person-overboard, person caught on a rock in a river, and medical emergency on a...

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Buoyancy Control
Jan04

Buoyancy Control

Buoyancy control is actually much deeper than most people understand. It requires an understanding that we are in a weightless environment. It is only weightless because we do things to make it so, such as adding or reducing weight or air. And understanding that something as small as an ounce of air can make a difference. An ounce of weight held out in any direction can make a difference. One touch of the power inflator can change...

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