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251 Snedecor Ave, Bayport, New York, 11705





This course is especially good for ice rescue teams that may have to perform rescues more than 300 feet from shore or may have to manage snowmobile accidents.

Maximum number of students: 30

Required Equipment: Extra clothes and Personal Flotation Device.

Certification: Wall Certificate included in course fee. Optional: $25 for photo ID ($35 for PADI) certification card at class, $26 if purchased after class (36 for PADI).

Surface Ice Rescue Technician II

Prerequisite: Lifeguard Systems Surface Ice Rescue Technician I
Duration: 16 hours

Please note, the price of this class is $250.  There is a misprint in an advertisement that says $225. 

The Level II program builds upon the skills of Level 1. Level II attacks several much needed dynamics of Surface Ice Rescue, what to do when you have more than one victim in possibly more than one hole, what to do when victims are more than 300 feet from shore and an air boat is not available, what to do when the ice is too weak to hold an ice screw, and what to do when there are only a few available, trained rescue personnel.

If there are multiple victims in a hole, they first each need immediate independent-victim-positive-buoyancy, followed by removal from the hole and transported to shore. This mission is accomplished with victim triage the Rapid Round Robin Rigging procedure incorporating the Human Ice Screw technique and deployment of multiple, consecutive technicians. These procedures are then advanced to manage multi-victim in multi-hole incidents.

Level II also takes ice rescue training a step further with the reality that not all victims are within 200 or 300 feet of shore, which means that they might not be able to be rescued by a single initial technician. Level II trains the Surface Ice Rescue Team how to Leapfrog. Technicians leapfrog each other from the point where an exhausted technician needs to be replaced without losing ground. Without leapfrogging, an exhausted rescuer must sit and wait until he recovers enough to move again, or, he and the rescue equipment needs to be brought back to shore and replaced with another rescuer. The Leapfrogging procedure uses the human ice screw or a mariner hitch to allow a rested technician to reach distances many hundreds of feet across weak ice in minutes.

The team is trained how to ensure that all technicians on the ice are tethered to shore for a constant technician recovery capability by shore personnel. Tenders will be advanced to technician status if it becomes necessary to stage some tenders on the ice during long distance operations.

This is a dynamic, intense, hands-on class. Be prepared to perform real-world ice operations.

Lifeguard Systems will work with any rescue equipment that you already have. But because some rescue gear is not designed for multi-person, long distance, or weak ice rescue, we will supply two surface ice rescue sleds, lines, pulleys, and necessary equipment during the training program.

Module 1 – Mandatory
Review of Academics
Define the NFPA Standard Awareness, Operational, Technician Levels.
Explain how to set up and secure a scene.
List the minimum equipment for Awareness, Operational, and Technician level personnel.
List recommended equipment for Operational and Technician Levels.
List duties of Operational and Technician level personnel.
Explain what areas of the body lose the greatest amount of heat and list what can be done to protect them with PPE and other measures.
Define and describe each ASAPS victim status levels.
Explain why technicians should have their blood pressure checked before and after performing an operation.
Describe the jobs of tenders and chief tenders.
State the maximum line pull rate and explain why.
Describe the line pull, whistle, and hand signals for “stop,” “take up slack,” and “give line.”
Describe the jobs of tenders and chief tenders.
List each consecutive step of a rescue, including the jobs of tenders, chief tenders, technicians, and EMS personnel.
Define hypothermia and cold stress.
Describe the physiology of cold stress and hypothermia.
Define immersion and cold diuresis
List at least four ways to decrease the chance of experiencing cold stress as a rescuer.
Explain why hypothermic patients must be handled extremely gently.
Define bradycardia and ventricular fibrillation and explain how these terms can imply to hypothermic patients.
Explain why rescuers should take a full minute to check for the pulse of a hypothermic patient to determine if CPR is dictated.
Explain the value of pre-warmed, moistened oxygen administration for hypothermic patients.
List at least six important features of a safe, effective ice rescue transport device.
Explain why immersion patients should be extricated from the water and transported horizontally as opposed to vertically.
State the equivalent air temperature for 80 degree F water as it pertains to heat loss.
Read the information on different types of ice and explain why this information is basically irrelevant.

Skill Objectives – land drill reviews
Serve as a tender to rapidly dress a technician in an ice rescue suit, harness, flotation sling, and tether line.
Serve as a technician and rapidly dress with tender in appropriate equipment and PPE.
Determine the victim’s ASAP status.
Establish victim-positive buoyancy for self-rescue capable and passive victims with the flotation sling.
Perform a surface ice rescue using the ice pole for an aggressive victim.
Perform a surface rescue using the ice pole for a passive or unconscious victim.
Perform a rescue using the ice transport device for an aggressive victim.
Perform a rescue using the ice transport device for a passive or unconscious victim.
Serve as a tender for a rescue operation.
Throw rescue throw rope bags at least 50 feet to a victim while communicating to the victim.

Module 2

Set-up for a long distance operation with tenders secured to the ice.
Set-up a pulley system with ice pitons to aid transport.
Perform long distance operations.
Set-up for multiple victim incidents.
Triage multiple victim ice incidents.
Perform multiple victim ice operations.

Module 4
Explain when it would be effective to set-up a static line for ice rescue.
Set-up static line in less than ten minutes.
Perform rescues using static-line procedures

Module 6
Perform “show me” witness interviewing procedures.
Properly document witness interviewing information on a profile map
Set-up operation to locate and retrieve a submerged victim by using an ice reach pole.
Perform submerged victim operation.
Extricate drowned victim from water onto an ice rescue transport device and transport to shore with proper procedures.

Event Properties

Event Date 02-10-2018 8:00 am
Event End Date 02-11-2018 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 31-10-2017
Capacity 30
Registered 36
Available place -6
Individual Price $250.00
Bayport Fire Department
251 Snedecor Ave, Bayport, NY 11705, USA
Bayport Fire Department
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The Bayport Fire Department Headquarters is located at 251 Snedecor Avenue, Bayport NY 11705.


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