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Course Outline

Assess the scene, and provide the following information to responding units.

  • Describe the nature of the emergency:
    • Brief description of the incident and the scene
    • Number of individuals (victims)
    • Point Last Seen (PLS) or Last Known Point (LKP) of the victim(s)
  • Give the exact location:
    • Address/road
    • Name of river/lake/access
    • Shore (river right or left)—right or left always refers to looking downstream
    • Distance from a known point
    • GPS location
  • Describe scene hazards:
    • Known and/or visible
    • Potential
    • Rising water
      • Monitor by placing a stick at the edge of the water and observe if the water is rising.
      • Use a fixed object (vehicle, house) in the water to monitor changing water conditions.
    • Hazmat concerns identified
    • Utilities (electrical/gas)
  • Request specific rescue assets, and provide data for the responding water rescue team.
  • Provide a call-back number and only hang up after instructed by 9-1-1 dispatch to do so.
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