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Personal protective equipment used in water rescue must meet the demands of the mission and environment. PPE provides a means to regulate thermal balance and buoyancy and reduce contact with contaminated water.

Thermal protection worn close to the body is the first consideration. Utilize synthetic products that wick moisture away from the body. Insulation layers are then added to transport moisture and provide warmth. A dry suit will transport water vapor away from the body, and keep wind and water from entering. Buoyancy is achieved by wearing and properly donning a personal flotation device [PFD]. Outfit the PFD with a whistle, knife, and two locking carabiners.

Water rescue helmets provide front, back, and side protection. They must include reflective material and a waterproof light for visibility and illumination. Thermal and hand abrasion requires wearing water rescue gloves. Water rescue boots provide protection for your dry suit, ankle support and provide warmth based upon design. Remember, wearing appropriate mission-specific PPE allows rescuers to engage in hostile environments and function up to their highest level.

On screen: For more information contact:
Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager
PA Fish and Boat Commission
1601 Elmerton Ave. - PO Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000
ph: (717) 705-7841

Copyright: PA Fish and Boat Commission
Video by: Chris A. Calhoun

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