Ice / Water Rescue
Ice Rescue Technician

This course meets the requirements of NFPA 1670 Standard for ice
incidents. Subjects covered include rescuer safety; self-rescue
techniques; pre-planning and size-up of ice rescue incidents; rope
skills; and understanding of ice properties.

Equipment Requirements:
·        Dry suit or Cold Immersion Suit.
·        USCG Type III or V approved lifejacket/PFD.
·        Lightweight water or climbing helmets.
·        Water booties if not part of dry suit.


Procedures for implementing the assessment phase.

Procedures for size-up of existing and potential conditions.

Procedures for the identification of the resources necessary to
conduct safe and effective water operations.

Procedures for implementing the emergency response system for
water incidents.

Procedures for implementing site control and scene management.

Procedures for recognition of general hazards associated with water
incidents and the procedures necessary to mitigate these hazards
within the general rescue area.

Procedures to determine rescue versus body recovery.


Procedures to insure personal safety at water operations.

Procedures to assess water conditions in terms of hazards to the
victim and rescuer.

Procedures to separate, isolate, secure, and interview witnesses.

Procedures to separate, isolate, secure, and interview witnesses.

Procedures to determine the method of victim entrapment.

Procedures to evaluate the progress of the planned response to
ensure the objectives are being met safely, effectively, and efficiently.

Procedures to safely and effectively conduct shore-based rescue

Procedures using throw bags.

Procedures to supply assistance with rigging and mechanical
advantage systems to technician-level personnel.

Procedures to deploy, operate, and recover any watercraft used by
the organization.

Procedures for survival swimming and self-rescue

Procedures for identifying and managing heat and cold stress to the
rescuer while utilizing PPE.

Procedures for the safe and effective use of victim packaging devices
that could be employed by the organization for water rescue.

Procedure for the transfer of victim information including location,
surroundings, and condition when found, present condition, and other
information pertinent to emergency medical services.

Procedures for boat-assisted and boat-based operations if boats are
used by the organization.

A plan to meet operational objectives.

Procedures for rapid extrication of accessible victims.

Procedures for surface water-based search operations.

Procedures to assess moving water condition, characteristics, and
features in terms of hazards to the victim and rescuer.

Procedures to determine the method of victim entrapment.

Procedures for using tag lines and tension diagonals (zip lines).

Procedures for self-rescue and survival swimming in swift water.


Procedures required to plan a response within the capabilities of
available resources.

Procedures to implement a planned response consistent with the
organization’s capabilities.

Procedures for conducting both boat-assisted and boat-based rescues.
Procedures to conduct a “go” rescue.

Ice: Operations

Procedures for the recognition of the unique hazards associated with
ice rescue operations.

Procedures for the identification of water and ice characteristics.

Procedures for the operation of surface support equipment used in
water/ice rescue operations.

Procedures for procuring the necessary equipment to perform ice
rescue operations.

Procedures to recognize and deal with a victim’s hypothermia.
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