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Title: Welcome to Still Water Rescue Operation Level Training


1
Welcome toStill Water Rescue Operation Level
Training
2
The Goal of this class
  • Ensure personal safety during water emergency
    operation.
  • Identify all possible hazards.
  • Fully utilize all witnesses.
  • Conduct shore-based rescue operations

3
What Equipment do we use?
Recues Tube
Datum Point
4
Surface WaterFact Sheet
  • 2/3 of the earth is water
  • ½ the earths population will enter the water each
    year
  • 1 outdoor recreation is water activities
  • 2 cause of accidental deaths for people under 44
    is drowning
  • 3 cause of accidental deaths for all people is
    drowning
  • About 5,000 drownings are reported each year
  • Men drown 4X more than women
  • 13 of all drownings are 4 years of age or
    younger
  • Most drownings occur within 10 ft of safety and
    50ft of shore
  • 2 out of 3 drowning victims are non swimmers
  • 10 of drowngs occur at guarded pools and beaches
  • 60 in rual lakes, ponds, streams, and water
    holes
  • 30 occur at home
  • The longest time for submersion with complete
    recovery was 66 min. (June , 1986, in Salt Lake
    City, Utah)

5
Signs of a Distressed Swimmer
  • struggling
  • keeping head barely out of the water
  • submerging uncontrollably
  • gasping, fixed eyes
  • time in the water for weather conditions and
    water temp.
  • You will NOT see Hollywood style of arm
    splashing, yelling Im Drowning!!

6
Scene Management
  • Size Up
  • Set Zones
  • Hot - In the Water
  • Warm- 10ft from Shore, PFD required, Utilize
    scene tape
  • Cold- Beyond the scene tape
  • Establish Command
  • Determine Rescue Swimmers
  • Isolate Witnesses
  • Make a Plan
  • Call for Resources
  • Extra Eng. Co.
  • Dive Team- Mercer Island, Renton, King County
    Sheriff
  • Local PD for crowd control
  • Chaplin(s)

Active Rescue
Locate Victim
7
Witnesses Utilization
  • Separate the witnesses to the locations last
    seen.
  • Use triangulation for possible datum point.
  • Do not allow witnesses to compare stories
  • Location of witness last seen victim (mark with
    cones)
  • Time victim last seen
  • What did they look like (swim ability, age,
    gender, clothes)
  • How deep was the water
  • Was victim alone?
  • How long have they been missing?
  • Your calmness is the name of the game!

8
Triangulation
  • Have the witness go to the same location and
    position they were in when they saw the victim
    last.
  • Place cone at that location until incident is
    terminated to the end.
  • Have witness find a fixed object beyond that
    point for you to see. Document location so it
    can be used for datum point placement.
  • Do this with as many witnesses as you can so
    rescue swimmers can place datum points for
    possible search sites.
  • Always remember to also do on-shore searches.

9
Active Rescue of Visible Victims Things to
consider
  • First on Scene, One on shore(IC) and two rescue
    swimmers
  • When rescue swimmers approach Pt. in water, one
    swimmer affects recue while other acts as back
    up.
  • Initiate a surface water rescue
  • Pt. exam
  • Incident termination

10
Surface Water Rescue of Non-Visible Victims
  • Size Up
  • Zones
  • Implement the ICS
  • Conduct a Risk/Benefit Analysis
  • Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Resource Assessment

11
Cont...
  • Site control and Scene Mgt.
  • Assist Rescue Divers, other resources
  • EMS
  • Incident Termination

12
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13
Safety First!
  • - Pre-plan - PPE
  • - Size UP - Equipment
  • - IC - Communication
  • - Safety off. - Personal swimming
    ability
  • - Hazards

14
Personal Safety
  • How deep is too deep?
  • When was the last time you went swimming? Do you
    know your limits?
  • Do you know what to expect from a panicked person
    in the water?
  • Operations level can go into the water up to
    their waist with a PFD!

15
Operations Level PPE
  • Minimum, type 3 USCG PFD
  • with light and whistle
  • No bunker gear!

16
Types of Thermal Protection
17
Size Up
  • What do you have?
  • What is your plan?
  • What do you need?
  • What are you doing?

18
Factors for Size Up
  • Safety
  • Location number of victims
  • With or without flotation
  • Distance from shore
  • of victims on surface poss. under water
  • Hazards
  • Risk/Benefit, Rescue vs Recovery

19
Hazards
  • Weather Bottom conditions
  • Bridges Submerged objects
  • Docks Boat traffic
  • Temp. Water

20
Reaching Assist
21
Throwing Assist
22
Human Chain
23
Linear search
24
Half Circle Search
25
Boats/PWC
26
Victim Removal
  • Victim packaging for water rescue
  • Info. needed
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Rapid extraction

27
What can Operations Level do?
  • Use PFDs
  • Get info./witnesses/cones/Datum Points
  • Reach and Throw Assist
  • set up ICS
  • Set up zones
  • Set up equipment
  • EMS
  • Assist Rescue Swimmers/Divers

28
Your Typical Rescue
  • You are first at scene
  • Grab all your water rescue stuff/PFDs
  • Make contact with family/witnesses
  • What do you have? What do you need?
  • Is the victim seen or underwater?
  • What can you safely do?
  • Separate witnesses and find Datum Points
  • Use cones, give info., asst. Rescue Swimmers

29
Questions?
  • Please contact one of your shift instuctors
  • A shift Tom Craig/Jeff Storey
  • B shift Mark Vetter/Steve Williams
  • C shift Kyle Wood/TomTull
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