- SWIFTWATER RESCUE
2017 NFPA 1006 compliant - Chapter 17
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All levels require some additional pre-course reading and videos etc.
Tech & Instructor: 5 Days / One week intensive i.e., Monday to Friday
Operations: 3 Days i.e., Monday to Wednesday
Re-certification: 2 Days i.e., Weds & Thurs (NB: Must have IN DATE certificate for that level. Not expired.)
Summary: This course covers the NFPA Compliant standards for Swiftwater Rescue (SRT)
- Candidates MUST be able to Swim
- Candidates should have First Aid / CPR
This course is TECHNICIAN LEVEL
- This course is specially tailored for people with 'some' previous experience in Water Rescue to become certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician I.
Upon the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to perform water rescue operations, utilizing appropriate equipment, methodologies, protocols, and patient and resource management techniques.
Compliance / Standard:
- NFPA 1006 2013 Edition
- Also (NFPA 1983 2012 Edition)
- Flood & Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Will require additional "conversion" info.
Target: Search and Rescue, Water Rescue Teams, Flood Rescue Teams, Disaster Response Agencies, Fire and Rescue Departments, NFPA Compliant Teams, Those involved in rope rescue for height, National and International responders and Incident Managers,
Prerequisites Due to the nature of this training, participants should be comfortable at working in water and be able to swim.
- Safety standards are maintained throughout the course.
- ALL participants must comply.
- A basic good fitness level is required
Course will cover a multitude of subjects i.e.
- Introduction to Rescue and Team Work
- NFPA Standards for Tech Rescue
- Conducting Site Survey
- Personal Protective and Team Equipment
- Drowning and Rescue
- River Orientation and Water Hydrology
- Flood and Swiftwater Rescue
- Developing Search Parameters and Procedures
- Conducting Shore Based Rescue Operations
- Using Water Rescue Rope Throw Bags
- Deploying, Operating, and Recovering Non-Powered Watercraft
- Boat-Assisted & Boat-Based Rescue Operations*
- Shallow water crossings
- Self rescue swimming skills
- In-Water Rescues during the day OR night
- Understand Helicopter user in Swiftwater Rescues
- Size-up, pre-planning and Incident Management
- Water based search techniques
- Flood management inc. Vehicle use
- Boat introduction: types, applications, limitations
- Go rescues, live bait, tethered swims etc.
- Knots, anchors and mechanical advantage review
- Rope systems & mechanical advantage
- Paddle boat handling
- Use of Carlson / Rescue boards
- Medical Treatments
Medical Considerations in Search and Rescue Operations
- Suitable Rescue helmet with a chin strap
- Dry suit / Wet suit
- Neoprene Water Rescue gloves suitable for water
- Water Rescue boots
- Rescue Whistle
- PFD / Flotation Device
Depending on the level sought you may get more than one Certificate from more than one organisation.
(For UK Attendees we can also provide DEFRA Modules and Required Knowledge as part of the DEFRA Asset List and National Flood Response. Module 3.)
Pictured: One of the Instructors (coxing boat left) deployed to floods in the Indus river in Pakistan
GENERAL BOOKING POLICY
Please note that all courses are paid for up front and in full (unless a previous arrangement has been made). Any cancellations before 7 days are due a full refund. Any cancellations within 7 to 4 days may be substituted or credited toward another course. There are no cancellations or refunds within 4 due to the expenses incurred and the course being confirmed but if it's not within 48 hours - there may be substitutions. Discuss your concerns if you have any. We will always try to work with you.
NO DRINKING / SMOKING / VAPING
Please note there is NO drinking during the course. Anyone impaired by drugs, alcohol or medication will not be able to attend training.
We support the Government's stand on non-smoking and ask any smoking, including vaping - not be done in the proximity of others during the course.
We have a duty of care and require a high degree of safe practise during the course. There are numerous potential hazards and risks. We ask everyone to take responsibility for their own and each others health and safety. Any unsafe practises or areas should be reported.
If anyone feels unwell or is nursing a cold or infection etc. please feel free to discuss it with the DIMERSAR Directing Staff. We also carry a medical kit for emergencies.
NON-PAYMENT / OVERDUE ACCOUNTS
Please note that late payment and those who have not set up a credit account may be subject to full charge and monthly assessment and 2% interest per month
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