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Water Rescue Technicians Syllabus[1]

Water Rescue Technicians Syllabus[1]

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AMERICAN RESCUE TECHNICIANS SYLLABUS:
 
WATER RESCUE TECHNICIAN: SURFACE WATER CERTIFICATION COURSE
 
COURSE INFORMATION
Days and hours of instruction:
CONTACT INFORMATION
A<R<T staff and contact email:Info@Americanrescue.net General information request ArtD@Americanrescue.net Arthur Doss, Director of Operations EricT@Americanrescue.net Eric Teel, Lead Instructor   ScottG@Americanrescue.net Scott Gormanous, Lead Instructor  A<R<T web address: WWW.AMERICANRESCUE.NET
TEXT BOOK/OTHER MATERIALS
Required Text: American Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Technician I course work book
 
Supplementary readings:
NFPA 1006,
Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications,
2003 editionAvailable from NFPA atwww.nfpa.org
Special equipment required:
See “Swiftwater Rescue PPE” on web site for details
Instructor materials:
Class room, projector, lap top, outline, student manual, student packetsCOURSE DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVES
Pre-requisites:Description
:A course combining classroom as well as field instruction that will include, but will not be limited to: water hydrology, preplanning water sites, safety, self-rescue, boat operations, in-water/shore-based rescues, ropetechniques, highline rescues, and command of water incidents. A good understanding of rope techniquesand knots is highly recommended, but not a requirement.
Goals
:The purpose of this course is to specify, in terms of performance objectives, the minimum requirements for professional service as a Rescue Technician: Surface Water level. This course shall cover the requirementsfor Rescue Technician at the Surface Water Level.
Objectives
:
Develop a site survey for an existing water hazard, given historical data, specific personalprotective equipment for conducting site inspections, flood insurance rate maps, tide tables, andmeteorological projections, so that life safety hazards are anticipated, risk–benefit analysis isincluded, site inspections are completed, water conditions are projected, site-specific hazards areidentified, routes of access and egress are identified, boat ramps (put-in and take-out points) areidentified, and areas with high probability for victim location are determined.
 
 
Select water rescue personal protective equipment, given a surface water rescue assignment andassorted items of water rescue personal protective equipment, so that the rescuer will be protectedfrom temperature extremes and blunt trauma, the rescuer will have flotation for tasks to beperformed, swimming ability will be maximized during rescue activities, self-rescue needs havebeen evaluated and provided for, and a means of summoning help has been provided.
 
Swim a designated water course, given a course that is representative of the bodies of water existing or anticipated within the geographic confines of the AHJ, water rescue personal protectiveequipment, and swimming aids as required, so that the specified objective is reached, allperformance parameters are achieved, movement is controlled, hazards are continually assessed,distress signals are communicated and rapid intervention for the rescuer has been staged for deployment.
 
Define search parameters for a water rescue incident given topographical maps of a search area,descriptions of all missing persons and incident history, hydrologic data including speed anddirection of current or tides, so that areas with high probability of detection are differentiated fromother areas, witnesses are interviewed, critical interview information is recorded, passive and activesearch tactics are implemented, personnel resources are considered and used, and searchparameters are communicated.
 
Develop an action plan for a shore-based rescue of a single, water-bound victim, given anoperational plan and a water rescue tool kit, so that all information is factored, risk–benefit analysisis conducted, protocols are followed, hazards are identified and minimized, personnel andequipment resources will not be exceeded, assignments are defined, consideration is given toevaluating changing conditions, and the selected strategy and tactics fit the conditions.
 
Deploy a water rescue rope to a water-bound victim, given a water rescue rope in a throw bag andpersonal protective equipment, so that the deployed rope lands in the victim’s hands, the rescuerope does not slip through the rescuer’s hands, the victim is moved to the rescuer’s shoreline, thevictim is not pulled beneath the surface by rescuer efforts, the rescuer is not pulled into the water by the victim, and neither the rescuer nor the victim is tied to or entangled in the throw line.
 
Deploy a water rescue rope to a water-bound victim, given a coiled water rescue rope of 15.24 m to22.86 m (50 ft to 75 ft) in length and personal protective equipment, so that the deployed ropelands in the victim’s hands, the rescue rope does not slip through the rescuer’s hands, the victim ismoved to the rescuer’s shoreline, the victim is not pulled beneath the surface by rescuer efforts, therescuer is not pulled into the water by the victim, and neither the rescuer nor the victim is tied to or entangled in the throw line.
 
Deploy watercraft, given watercraft; support vehicles; watercraft conveyances; launch and recoverysites, docks, marinas or moorings; support personnel; and operational protocols; so that thewatercraft is launched and recovered without damage or injury; trailers, conveyances, and supportvehicles are utilized within the scope of their designed specifications; and the rescue effort is notdelayed.
 
Negotiate a designated water course in a watercraft, given a watercraft that is available to theteam, a course that is representative of the bodies of water existing or anticipated within thegeographic confines of the AHJ, a range of assignments and water rescue personal protectiveequipment, so that the specified objectives are attained, all performance parameters are achieved,movement is controlled, hazards are continually assessed, launch does not proceed if thewatercraft is not adequate or incapable of operating in the existing condition, distress signals arecommunicated, and rapid intervention for the watercraft crew has been staged for deployment.
 
As a member of a team, use a parbuckling technique to extricate an incapacitated water-boundvictim from the water to a watercraft, given a water hazard that is representative of the bodies of water existing or anticipated within the geographic confines of the AHJ, a watercraft that isavailable to the team, nets, webbing, blankets, tarpaulins or ropes, a means of securement, andwater rescue personal protective equipment, so that the watercraft is not broached, control of thewatercraft is maintained, risks to victim and rescuers are minimized, and the victim is removed fromthe hazard.
 
Extricate an incapacitated water-bound victim from the water to the shore as a member of a team,given spinal stabilization devices, patient transfer devices, a water hazard that is representative of the bodies of water existing or anticipated within the geographic confines of the AHJ, and water rescue personal protective equipment, so that positive buoyancy for the victim and the rescuers ismaintained, the victim’s airway, respiratory efforts, and ventilatory support are not compromised,the victim’s cervical spine is maintained in alignment, risks to victim and rescuers is minimized, andthe victim is removed from the hazard.
 
 
Perform a swimming surface water rescue, given water rescue personal protective equipment,swim aids as required, flotation aids for victims, and reach/extension devices, so that victim contactis maintained, the rescuer maintains control of the victim, the rescuer and the victim reach safety ata predetermined area, and medical conditions and treatment options are considered.
 
Direct a team in the operation of a highline system as a member of a team, given rescue personnel,an established highline system, a load to be moved, and personal protective equipment, so that themovement is controlled, the load is held in place when needed, operating methods do not stressthe system to the point of failure, personnel assignments are made and tasks are communicated,operational commands are communicated to personnel, and potential problems are identified,communicated, and managed.
 
Define applications for helicopter aquatic rescue operations within the area of responsibility for theAHJ, given a helicopter service, operational protocols, helicopter capabilities and limitations, rescueprocedures, and risk factors influencing helicopter operations, so that air-to-groundcommunications are established and maintained, applications are within the capabilities and skilllevels of the helicopter service, the applications facilitate victim extraction from water hazards thatare representative of the bodies of water existing or anticipated within the geographic confines of the AHJ, air crew and ground personnel safety are not compromised, landing zones are designatedand secured, and fire suppression resources are available at the landing zone. 
Please note: Test questions are taken from the instructor's lecture AND the assigned reading. Whilesome questions from the assigned reading may not be covered during class due to time constraints,students are responsible for knowing and understanding ALL information assigned in the syllabus.
 
Instructional methods:
Classroom instruction and hands-on practical evolutionsCOURSE SCHEDULE(Tentative, subject to change depending on the progress of the class)
Day One:
Welcome and Introduction, Objectives and Safety Considerations, Introduction to Surface Water Rescue,Hydrology and Dynamics, Standards and Liability, Self Rescue, Equipment, Communications, Incident Size-up, Throw-bag Practical
Day Two
:Preplanning, Incident Management, Medical Considerations, Shore-based Rescues, Helicopter SafetyOnsite: Preplanning, Open Water Swim 100 Yards, Surface Dive, Tread Water 5 Minutes, Self Rescue/FerryAngles, Current Swim, Shore-based Rescues
Day Three
:Onsite: Vortex, Strainer, and Foot Entrapments, Rescue Boards, Live Bait Rescues, Shallow Water Crossings, Boat Operations,Rope Review: Equipment, Knots, M/A, Anchors, Lowering and RaisingTension Diagonals and Line Crossing Techniques, MCP with Rescuer and Boat, Overview of Highline
Day Four 
:Highline, MCP and Live Victim Scenario, Final Scenario, Review, Course Critique, and Certification ExamCOURSE POLICIES
Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all classes, students must attend all classes to obtain certification.
 
Class participation:
This course will involve discussion, questions and answers on the materials, and case study. Classparticipation is expected from all students.

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