Dive Rescue International and the City of Muskegon Fire Department have teamed up to present Ice Rescue Trainer class in February of 2023. Ice Rescue Trainer incorporates Ice Rescue training, and so previous experience with the topic is not required!
Ice Rescue Trainer is Dive Rescue International’s renowned three-day (24 hour) training program for first responders. The Ice Rescue Trainer program prepares first responders from all public safety disciplines how to respond and carry out surface ice rescues. This class introduces students to the topics of ice hazards and formation, equipment selection, medical considerations, and the application of proven rescue methods and techniques. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation, passing a final written exam and completing surface and in-water skills. Graduates of the Ice Rescue trainer program return to their departments ready to instruct the 2-day (16-18 hour) Ice Rescue program to their own department personnel using Dive Rescue International Ice Rescue Student Kits.
Key training topics include:
ICE RESCUE PROCESS
PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT
DEVELOPING AN OPERATIONAL PLAN
ICE RESCUE EXERCISES
- Reach techniques
- Throw techniques
- Go techniques to include: Go with Rescue Sling, Go with Ice Rescue Board
TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS
All students must be a member of a public safety agency and at least 21 years of age, current First Aid and CPR training, departmental
sponsorship letter, and a complete application. This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET (Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult their physician prior to in-water training.
BE SURE TO BRING
All students will need a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with a knife and whistle, adequate clothing for working outside, and pen and paper for taking notes. If the student has access to a cold water rescue suit or dry suit, they should bring it to class. It is advised that students bring a dry set of clothing.
Application available at: https://diverescueintl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/IRT_Application.pdf