Ice Rescue Awareness & Operations

ICE RESCUE AWARENESS

Overview

Every winter, thousands of Canadians recreate, travel or work on frozen bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Unfortunately, some of those people break through that ice and plunge into the freezing water below.  That’s when emergency responders are called into action.

Mission Safety will prepare students to respond to ice rescue situations in a safe, organized and professional manner. First responders will learn how to identify different ice conditions, assess the hazards, create an incident action plan and execute that plan with the resources they have at hand. Ice Rescue Awareness also teaches students how to safely perform a shore based ice rescue using various tools and techniques.

Course Content

  • Ice rescue theory
  • Ice safety tips
  • Ice characteristics and hazards
  • Hypothermia and how to handle cold patients
  • Ice rescue equipment and PPE
  • Ice rescue scene size up
  • Rescue team members roles
  • Shore based ice rescue techniques
  • NFPA standards

Duration: 8 hours

ICE RESCUE OPERATIONS

Overview

Every winter, thousands of Canadians recreate, travel or work on frozen bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Unfortunately, some of those people break through that ice and plunge into the freezing water below.  That’s when emergency responders are called into action. Mission Safety will prepare students to respond to ice rescue situations in a safe, organized and professional manner.

On the first day of this course, students will cover all the material in the Ice Rescue Awareness course. Day two will be held on the ice surface with students learning; how to move themselves and patients across the ice, how to self rescue as well as various methods for rescuing victims from the ice.

This course requires first responders to participate in physically demanding scenarios and requires a certain level of comfort in the water. Teamwork and communication are essential to any successful rescue mission and will be stressed throughout the course.

Course Content

  • Ice rescue theory
  • Ice safety tips
  • Ice characteristics and hazards
  • Hypothermia and how to handle cold patients
  • Ice rescue equipment and PPE
  • Ice rescue scene size up
  • Rescue team members roles
  • Shore based ice rescue techniques
  • NFPA standards
  • Movement on still water ice
  • Self rescue from still water ice
  • Patient handling
  • Various still water ice rescue techniques
  • Communication for ice rescue

Duration: 16 Hours