Water Rescue & Boat Operations

Personal Water Craft Rescue Operations

This course provides the skills needed to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) and perform rescue in river and flood situations. Safety, course philosophy, and PWC terminology are covered. “In water” experiences for students include how to read dynamics flow for safety travel, perform self- rescue and victim-rescue operations, along with executing pre/post-inspections of the PWC.

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Open Water Rescuer

This course provides detailed information, and the skills training required, to improve an individual’s level of comfort and confidence for safely and proficiently performing contact rescues in static and surf water conditions. Safety is strongly emphasized throughout the class. Risk management is reinforced during every skill to establish your level of comfort in the water and to identify and overcome your limitations. The emphasis on risk management helps you determine if your actions meet your agencies SOPS/SOGS in the determination of a rescue being a “offensive” or “defensive” operation. Swimming, stroke technique and body positioning in the water are covered. “In water” skills for students include how to read and understand water flow, reading and understanding surf, contact rescues using rescue buoy devices and boards, dealing with combatant victims, performing self-rescues, and rescues of multiple victims both conscious and unconscious.

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River & Flood Rescue Technician

This course provides preparation for participants to demonstrate competency in dynamic water rescue. It will familiarize participants with the dynamic water environment and experience and prepare them to safely execute simple to complex rescue techniques.

Prerequisites: Low-Angle Rope Rescue, Incident Command Systems 200, SFT Auto Extrication or SFT Vehicle Extrication or AHJ equivalent

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River & Flood Motorized Rescue Boat Technician

This course prepares participants to demonstrate motorized boat competency in dynamic water rescue. It will familiarize participants with the dynamic water environment, give them hands-on experience, and prepare them to safely execute simple to complex rescue techniques.

Prerequisites: State Fire Training River and Flood Water Rescue Technician ICS 200 or 200B Initial Attack Incident Commander (online or in-person).

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Rescue Boat Operations

This course provides the skills needed to operate a rescue boat and perform rescue in river and flood situations. Safety, course philosophy, and terminology are covered. “In water” experiences for students include how to read dynamics flow for safety travel, perform self-rescue and victim- rescue operations, along with executing pre/post inspections of the PWC.

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