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Water Rescue Operations

An introduction to water rescue operations in the Fire Service.
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John Buice

on 5 March 2013

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Transcript of Water Rescue Operations

Search Understanding the basics What is the difference Patterns Each individual has a critical role in the operation. Rescue Operations take place when a victim(s) has been under the water for less than 60 minutes, typically. It involves responders removing a victim(s) from a hazardous situation. Immediate action is needed. Risk a lot to save a lot!

Recovery Operations take place when a victim(s) has been under water for more than 60 minutes and the primary goal is to recover the victim or property. These operations should only take place when risk to firefighters are low. For the purpose of emergency response, a water rescue is defined as any incident that involves the removal of victim(s) from any body of water. This includes canals, rivers, lakes or any body of water, whether still or moving. Water Rescue Operations Fire Service Let's start from the beginning... What's the definition of a water rescue? Rescue vs. Recovery personnel + Interesting Fact:
Drowning is the #2 accidental cause of death for people under 44 years of age Interesting Fact:
More than half of the world's population enters a body of water each year search patterns & line signals The minimum number of Those roles consist of: Get familiar with:
2. Semicircular / Sweep Search Pattern personnel for a water rescue is 3. Primary Swimmer Secondary Swimmer Line Tender 1. Linear / Parallel Search Pattern Real life water rescue incidents Questions?: Pool time for demonstrations and to see what you have learned Means of communication between line tender and swimmer LINE SIGNALS
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