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Course Outline

Follow this list of guidelines when responding to a flood emergency.

  • Immediately assess your areas of high risk.
    • Preplanning is critical.
    • Prepare equipment and plan for evacuations.
  • Recognize the risks and dangers associated with water emergencies.
    • Take actions to ensure the safety of yourself and your team.
    • Prepare for a self-emergency. If you are swept away:
      • Float on your back with your feet downstream and at the surface.
      • Backstroke and angle yourself toward shore.
  • Do not wear turn-out gear when responding to a water-related emergency.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • This must include wearing a life jacket (PFD) and a water rescue helmet.
    • Other important PPE includes a drysuit for protection from water contaminants.
    • Thermal protection worn beneath the dry suit also may be needed.
  • Wear footwear that is appropriate for water rescue.
    • You should wear wading shoes or boots, not fire boots!
    • Good hand protection is neoprene gloves.
  • Be prepared to decontaminate personnel after they come out of the water.
    • They may be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals and pollutants.
    • Rescue team members should maintain vaccinations for preventable diseases such as hepatitis and tetanus.
    • Post-response medical exams are a good idea.
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