Interviewing Witnesses

No operation is successful without information. Interviewing witnesses is the only way to get that information. It should have top priority upon reaching the scene. Every available witness should be interviewed. Some will be emotional such as family members, some may be children, and as in many recreational areas some might be intoxicated. All have […]

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En route To The Location

While proceeding to the location every member of the team should be analyzing the nature of the call, water, weather conditions, and what will be done once on location. The first thing anyone notes is the time of day, and weather. Will the weather impede water rescue operations? Heavy rains can slow drive time to […]

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Four divers died as the result of an attempt to clear old cars

March 15, 1997, Central Washington Four divers died as the result of an attempt to clear old cars from an irrigation siphon. The first two divers broke through ice to enter the 40-degree water; one wore a drysuit, and the other wore a wetsuit. Each recreationally-trained diver had one tank, and they also had a […]

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The Scene Map

At every scene a map should be made of the area. This map does not have to be elaborate, but it must entail all landmarks and last seen points. Place on the map the name and location of each individual witness. Have the location of the command post, staging area, entry and exit points. Show […]

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Rescue Or Recovery

Rescue or recovery, refers to the ”mode” in which the dive team functions. In rescue mode the team puts an all out effort to find the missing person. It is only used when there is a chance to save a life. Recovery is when the Team concludes the missing person is dead, thus risk to […]

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Two police divers injured during training exercise

June 19, 1997, News-Times Regional News Two police divers injured during training exercise MILFORD, Conn. (AP) – Two Milford police divers were injured, one critically, in a diving accident during routine training drills in Long Island Sound, authorities said. The officers, ages 34 and 41, apparently became entangled in debris around noon on Wednesday, said […]

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Starting A Dive Rescue / Recovery Team v.2

So you want to start or improve a public safety dive team Part I – Start with the right mentality by Andrea Zaferes “The most important mission in starting or improving a team is to do what it takes to make sure team members can accomplish the one job they must do every time – […]

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Starting A Dive Rescue / Recovery Team v.1

A situation common to Dive Teams throughout our country is how do you get service to a community that has limited resources. For this you must answer a few questions to justify the overall demand. Understand that need is not based on the number of accidents but the perception of the requirement. You most likely […]

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Routine scuba exercise turns fatal for firefighter

June 20, 1997, Teresa Puente, Chicago Tribune: Routine scuba exercise turns fatal for firefighter A veteran firefighter died Friday following a routine scuba practice dive in Lake Michigan, fire officials said. [The diver], 46, a firefighter for 17 years and an experienced member of the Air-Sea Rescue Unit, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital […]

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Drownings

Preventing drowning accidents is one of the number one reasons dive teams are established. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death, averaging approximately 8000 deaths per year in the United States alone. Near drowning accidents are estimated at 500 to 600 times more common than drownings. A victim drowns when they are suffocated […]

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