Flashcards in 5029 Water Rescue (safety) Deck (12):
Who is responsible for maintaining this
Assistant Chief of Administration
A manufacturer-installed plate that lists the maximum allowable load of persons and equipment for a particular boat.
Radio call sign for the 17 foot Boston Whaler mounted on a trailer located at TFD Station 6.
Radio call sign for the 15 foot Mercury rigid inflatable boat (RIB) mounted on TFD Fireboat Commencement.
Boats from 12 to 66 feet in length; also includes vessels belonging to other governmental agencies and commercial or private owners.
Water that is moving with a velocity greater than 1 knot (1.15 mph).
Who shall be the only people toenter the water to reach a victim.
Only TFD personnel with water rescue training and proper PFDs shall enter
the water to reach a victim.
What are the Water Rescue Actions
(listed in order from lowest to highest risk)
1. TALK the victim into self-rescue by encouraging him/her to swim to shore
or to assist the rescuers, if possible.
a. This action is not prudent in situations where the victim is not in imminent danger, such as when stranded, high and dry, but surrounded by swift water.
2. REACH out to the victim by extending an object s/he can grab, such as a pike pole or ladder, and then pull him/her to safety.
3. THROW a lifeline or a flotation device if the victim cannot be reached with a pike pole or ladder.
4. ROW a small vessel to get to the victim.
5. As a last resort, GO into the water safely and swim out to the victim’s location.
a. Take an additional PFD for the victim.
TFD personnel shall wear U.S. Coast Guard approved
Type I, Type III or inflatable personal flotation devices (PFD) supplied by TFD.
TFD personnel shall wear PFDs whenever
a. There is no distance or barrier protection to prevent falling into water that is chest deep or greater.
b. The physical work space or scene conditions increase the potential
for falling into the water (e.g., unsafe footing, adverse weather or areas weakened by exposure to fire).
c. Onboard any TFD vessel except when below deck or in an enclosed cabin.
d. Onboard the deck of any vessel not enclosed by railings.
e. Working within 10 feet of the water during water rescue operations.
f. Entering the water to perform a rescue.
g. There is a potential for drowning.
PFDs are not required when
a. Wearing full structural PPE and SCBA during firefighting operations
b. The tasks being performed take place:
i. Behind guardrails or railings or in areas where there is no possibility of accidentally falling into the water.
ii. Below deck or in an enclosed cabin.
c. Passageways being used are intact, well-maintained docks, floats or walkways.
d. Rescue activities involve swimming pools or hot tubs.