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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Case Studies of Public Service Fatalities

The following case histories were compiled by University of Rhode Island researcher John McAniss. A 41-year-old fire captain carrying out a body search with a newly formed scuba team was retrieved from 30 feet after it was noted on the surface that his regulator was free-flowing. Autopsy showed drowning, but damage occurred before or during […]

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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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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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