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Where do you store/carry your water rescue equipment?

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  • Where do you store/carry your water rescue equipment?

    Morning all - looking for your feedback. My volly fire dept just received our new pumper-rescue this past weekend and are in the process of moving equipment from an older engine and an older rescue to our new rig. We have a limited amount of dedicated water rescue equipment (i.e. some life jackets & a stretcher float system) and a variety of harnesses and ropes that we have available for both low-angle rescue and water rescue. For those of you that have water rescue equipment, do you carry it on your rigs at all times or do you store it at the station, ready to be deployed when it's needed?

    Thanks in advance - stay safe!

    Skojo

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    One set on the rescue. The other set on the pickup that pulls the response boat.

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      Originally posted by Skojo View Post
      and a variety of harnesses and ropes that we have available for both low-angle rescue and water rescue.
      rope rescue harnesses and water rescue harnesses are rarely the same; it's unsafe to use one for a purpose that is isn't intended by the manufacturer to be used. hopefully you were referring to just the rope, and utility rope should be on every truck. life safety rope and all the associated hardware are a different story.

      We have all of our water rescue stuff and rope rescue on our heavy rescue at station 2; our boat is at station 1, and has lift jackets in the boat, and extras in the light rescue that pulls the boat.

      It doesn't hurt to put life jackets on the vehicles that will be involved in the water rescue, provided you have space, which is often a premium in rescue pumpers. if you have a boat, put it on the vehicle that pulls the water rescue vehicles.
      If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

      FF/EMT/DBP

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        Our company keeps all water rescue equipment in a roof compartment on the rescue at all times. Ironically, we don?t have a lot of water rescue stuff either, just the basics. But we cover the largest stretch of river in our area. Our boat stays in our second station. When needed we bring a truck to the station and hook it up.
        Last edited by FireHound315; 08-08-2018, 08:42 PM.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your feedback. To add to the conversation, our district covers about 5 miles of a small river that is seeing increased kayak/canoe use over the past couple of years. While we've never had a water emergency, we do have some basic equipment and also a good working relationship with our county's rescue team (which has much more equipment). Agreeing w/ Dr.Parasite, space is a premium and our rescue-pumper is full right now. Trying to decide if we should pull our water rescue gear off the vehicle and keep it at the station.

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          • #6
            Following this!

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            • #7
              What is your first piece out on that kind of call ? 'Person in the water' is not the call where you want to start loading equipment at the station.

              What is the training level of the folks on your rescue pumper ? A kayak river sounds like swiftwater, do you routinely have a technician on the rescue engine ?
              Last edited by Too_Old; 08-12-2018, 12:20 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FireHound315 View Post
                Our company keeps all water rescue equipment in a roof compartment on the rescue at all times. Ironically, we don?t have a lot of water rescue stuff either, just the basics. But we cover the largest stretch of river in our area. Our boat stays in our second station. When needed we bring a truck to the station and hook it up.
                That's where we carry much of ours, but we do have some older red "Gumby" suits and some newer Mustang suits that we keep on a rack (in the bags) by the Rescue so they can be put on enroute. And we also have some in the turnout room so additional responders can dress out if needed. We also have extra PFD's and equipment in the boat, and we all have extrication helmets that can double as helmets for water rescues.

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                  Originally posted by Too_Old View Post
                  What is your first piece out on that kind of call ? 'Person in the water' is not the call where you want to start loading equipment at the station. What is the training level of the folks on your rescue pumper ? A kayak river sounds like swiftwater, do you routinely have a technician on the rescue engine ?

                  First piece out (until last week) would have been our former rescue truck. With the purchase of the new vehicle, the first piece out is now our rescue pumper. Only a handful of our members are trained for swift water rescue and might make rescue engine; others are trained in rescue-tech basic and could assist with the rescue (just not enter the water). In a situation where someone is in the water, the county rescue would also be dispatched.


                  Originally posted by johnsb View Post

                  That's where we carry much of ours, but we do have some older red "Gumby" suits and some newer Mustang suits that we keep on a rack (in the bags) by the Rescue so they can be put on enroute. And we also have some in the turnout room so additional responders can dress out if needed. We also have extra PFD's and equipment in the boat, and we all have extrication helmets that can double as helmets for water rescues.
                  Going back to my original question...while I understand the importance of having all your equipment on a truck, ready to rollI when the tones drop, limited space on our rig makes this difficult for us. I was leaning towards the idea of having our rescue gear ready to go in our turnout room, so our members could either gear up at the station while waiting for a driver OR quickly load the gear on the engine.

                  Too_Old...do your members don their rescue gear at the station, en route or on scene?

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