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Drone PFD Deployment

Drone’s are useful in many different disciplines in the fire service.

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The Wayne Township Fire Department outside of Indianapolis, deployed their drone to take a PFD out to a victim in the water having trouble staying afloat. This another great example of how drones can be deployed quickly and with little to risk to the responders.

Checkout our previous post, Drones and Tech Rescue to learn about deployment systems.

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Outboard Motor Information

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team shared the video below on their Facebook page of useful information on outboard motor.

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The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team shared the video below on their Facebook page of useful information on outboard motor.

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team has a great Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual.

https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/PennsylvaniaWaterRescue/Pages/default.aspx

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Swift Water Flood Training Center

Located at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ State Preparedness Training Center in Oneida County, this state-of-the-art facility is the only training

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Swift Water Flood Training Center

Shots from the newly completed SWFT (Swift Water Flood Training) center dedicated solely to training New York State’s first responders.

Located at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ State Preparedness Training Center in Oneida County, this state-of-the-art facility is the only training center of its kind solely dedicated to training the State’s fire, law enforcement, and EMS responders on the technical skills necessary to perform water rescues in controlled conditions.

 

First responders can register to receive swift water and flood rescue training, as well as view other training opportunities, by visiting the State Preparedness Training Center’s calendar.

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Water Rescue-Throw Bags

A rope throw bag is a very useful, inexpensive piece of rescue equipment….

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With warmer weather on the horizon for most of the United States and Canada, that means people will start hitting the water in canoes, kayaks, and other water crafts.  Water rescue is something that no department is really exempt from.  A vehicle can easily leave the roadway and end up in some type of body of water like a pond, creek, river or lake.  Since these type of calls tend to be high risk, low-frequency for many departments training is critical for a successful rescue.

A rope throw bag is a very useful, inexpensive piece of rescue equipment that can be safety deployed from the shore or a watercraft, the rope throw bag. Rope throw bag training is easy to setup and practice at almost any fire station.  Training can take place outside or inside the apparatus bays.  Almost anything can be used as a target or “mock” victim.  A tire or a water rescue ring buoy make great low-profile targets. Have your crew don their personal flotation devices to add realism to the training.  Make the victim your target and get the bag past the victim so the rope lands on them.

Throwbag Fundamentals

The video below from our training partners, Rescue Methods, explains the different types of throws you can use deploying a rope throw bag.  Several other important tips and techniques are covered.

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