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|Posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM|
With many areas in the Midwest experiencing another cold winter, potential flooding is upon us. Are you ready?
Now is a great time to review your flood and swiftwater SOG's or to start developing them if you do not have any yet. Review past responses, get your people out to the water; refresh swiftwater rescuer basic skills.
It is easy to take for granted the basic nature of rescuer safety. However, when it is time for rescuers to respond, those basic, often over-looked basic skills are the ones that can cause the greatest consternation.
Take some time over the next few weeks to go over throw-bagging, self-defense swimming, aggressive rescuer swimming, river hydrology, river terminology, communications, danger identification (including haz.mat and animal rescue). Anything that you or your department has been previously trained to perform relating to water and flood rescue.
It is also the perfect time to get out and talk to your communities. Communicate the dangers of swiftwater and flooding. The best defense against a potential water rescue is educating the general public to avoid being in a position needing to be rescued.
Take care, be safe, stay dry!
Categories: Rescue Operations