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1 Swift/Moving Water Rescue Incidents Awareness Level Developed by The Plymouth Fire Department

2 Swift/Moving Water Rescue Awareness Level Technical Assistance The Hennepin County (MN) Sheriffs Office The Hennepin County (MN) Sheriffs Office Minnesota DNR Minnesota DNR Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

3 Swift/Moving Water Current Velocit ymph) Legs (lbf) Body Swamped Boat Current Velocity mph Legs lbf Body lbf Swamped Boat lbf

4 Swift Water Hazards Top debris Top debris Suspended debris Suspended debris Bottom debris Bottom debris Rocks Rocks Bridge abutments Bridge abutments Strainers Strainers Low head dams Low head dams Cold water Cold water Speed/force of the water Speed/force of the water …

5 Awareness Level Rescue Options Reach (pike pole, etc) Reach (pike pole, etc) Throw (throw bag, downstream diagonal lines) Throw (throw bag, downstream diagonal lines)

6 Swift Water Management Request technical Request technical rescue assistance Request shared communication Request shared communication talk group Maintain responder accountability Maintain responder accountability Communicate rescue and Communicate rescue and safety plan

7 Awareness Level Rescue First Arriving Point last seen Point last seen –Number of victims –Age –Time since last seen –Type/color of clothing, PFD? –Swimming ability, with boat, etc –Search immediate area –Relay information

8 PFD, Helmet and Throw Bag If Within 10 Feet of Water NO TURNOUTS NO FIRE HELMETS

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10 Awareness Level Rescue Responder Actions First Arriving: Downstream Containment First Arriving: Downstream Containment Personnel both sidesPersonnel both sides PFD, technical rescue helmet, throw bagsPFD, technical rescue helmet, throw bags SearchSearch Second Arriving: Upstream Observers Second Arriving: Upstream Observers Watch for items traveling downstream that could injure swimmers in the waterWatch for items traveling downstream that could injure swimmers in the water Water surgeWater surge

11 Awareness Level Rescue Responder Safety PFD and throw bag if within 10 of water PFD and throw bag if within 10 of water Deploy upstream spotters (surge, debris) Deploy upstream spotters (surge, debris) Deploy multiple downstream recovery points Deploy multiple downstream recovery points Do not wear structural turnout gear Do not wear structural turnout gear Do not wear structural fire helmet Do not wear structural fire helmet

12 Awareness Level Rescue Responder Safety Never tie a rope to yourself Never tie a rope to yourself Do not enter moving water Do not enter moving water Always be ready for self-rescue Always be ready for self-rescue Do not drive through moving water that is deeper than ½ height of the tire Do not drive through moving water that is deeper than ½ height of the tire

13 Awareness Level Rescue Self Rescue PFD/Throw bag if within 10 of edge PFD/Throw bag if within 10 of edge Keep feet up, pointed downstream Keep feet up, pointed downstream Do not drag feet Do not drag feet Move your body at a 45 degree angle to the current Move your body at a 45 degree angle to the current Ferry angleFerry angle Watch out for strainers Watch out for strainers

14 Awareness Level Rescue Victim Rescue Reach or Throw Only! Reach or Throw Only! Do not attach a rope to Do not attach a rope to yourself yourself Use throw bag Use throw bag Don t forget about the speed of the waterDon t forget about the speed of the water Deploy downstream diagonal linesDeploy downstream diagonal lines Pendulum victim to shorePendulum victim to shore Treat for hypothermiaTreat for hypothermia

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17 Possible Injuries Head injuries Head injuries Hypothermia Hypothermia Minnesota waters should be considered cold water drowning, any time of the yearMinnesota waters should be considered cold water drowning, any time of the year Other ??? Other ???


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