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Course Outline

To ensure scene safety:

  • Ensure personal, team, and bystander safety.
  • Evaluate the scene for risks and hazards, and take steps to mitigate, manage, and control.
  • Assess the scene, and advise responding units of the following information:
    • Nature of emergency
      • Brief description of the incident and the scene
      • Number of individuals (victims)
      • Point Last Scene (PLS) or Last Known Point (LKP) of the victim(s)
    • Exact location of incident command post, resource staging and challenges of site access
      • 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 coordinates
    • Scene hazards
      • Known – visible
      • Potential (rising water) – Monitor by placing a stick at the edge of the water and observe if the water is rising or falling. A fixed object (vehicle, house) in the water can be used to monitor changing water conditions. Use apps to track and project water volume from gauge readings.
      • HAZMAT concerns identified – Always consider water contaminated, especially during flash flooding. Don water rescue PPE to reduce and mitigate exposure.
      • Utilities (electrical/gas)
    Water rescuer–scene safety
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