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 […]

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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 […]

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Rescue Net

Part of being a prepared rescuer is knowing how to get an injured diver or person out of the water and up onto a boat or dock. The first step is to strip all the gear off a diver, if this hasn’t already been done. The next step is to keep the patients horizontal when […]

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Public Safety Diving Search Patterns

By Walt Hendrick, Andrea Zaferes, and Craig Nelson MD. If you took a recreational rescue diver course or recreational search and recovery course, you probably learned a number of different search techniques, such as the expanding square or circular search using a line.  These techniques might work well for high-visibility, buddy diving, but they are […]

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Evidence – we all should know how to handle it

There may be more to it than meets the eye! in SORTIE Vol. 1 no. 2 brings up the point that drowning can be homicidal, and that a body could be dumped in the water in an attempt to cover up foul play. A significant percentage of dive teams today are fire teams. These teams […]

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I Said NO! Or Is That An Order…?

By Ken Balfrey As law enforcement officers, do we have the right to say no in a surface or subsurface rescue situation? Are our departments and ranking officers (Chief, Sheriff, or Public Safety Directors) telling us we have to attempt a rescue? Do we have the equipment, skills, or training to make an educated, practical […]

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Why wearing a harness is important for safety and search effectiveness

Why wearing a harness is important for safety and search effectiveness Sometimes we take for granted that the value of a harness is obvious. We stop taking it for granted when we meet teams that either never thought of the concept or who are resistant to it. In either case, education needs to take place. […]

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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 […]

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Drown Proofing Turn Out Gear

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 firefighters have the potential of experiencing accidental immersion in flooded basements or trenches, covered pools, and open water sites.  Just look […]

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Surface Ice Rescue Pole

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 the ice as the rescuer approaches the victim(s) to help prevent the rescuer from slipping and falling to prevent full submergence if the […]

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