Scene Setup

When first arriving on location every member of the team must be able to quickly survey and analyze the situation, then make sound decisions based upon observations. These actions will be influenced by all preplanning and training done before hand. When sizing up the situation rescuers must know the facts about the scene, understand the […]

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Starting a dive team or improving the one you have

By Andrea Zaferes The following article addresses the needs of teams who have water with low to zero visibility in their district with depths up to 60 feet, which includes almost all teams around the world. The majority of the equipment discussed also applies to high visibility operations. Additional equipment is needed for deeper dives. […]

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Where to Start Looking

How Do You Know Where to Start Looking? Craig Nelson, Team Lifeguard Systems Whether you search with grappling hooks or divers, whether you search in fresh or salt water, or whether you operate in a rescue or recovery mode, there is one thing you need: a starting point to begin your search. Witness information often […]

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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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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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