Swiftwater/Flood Rescue: Technician - CR24116


This course is designed to prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in moving water emergencies. Topics include pre-planning, personal protective equipment, search parameters, incident action plans, surface rescue techniques, advanced rope systems, and use of watercraft and helicopters in water rescue operations. Students will participate in moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. An evening search exercise is also part of this demanding program. This course meets Chapter 9, Technician Level, of NFPA 1670 Standard Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, as well as, Chapter 7, Surface Water Rescue, of NFPA 1006, Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

(EMS CEUS: EMT/Paramedic/Registered Nurse - Operations 32 hours)

Cost: $600

Date: September 25-28, 2023

Time: 08:00-17:00 each day

Location: Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka MO

Special Requirements: Students will need a full wet suit/surface dry suit, tennis shoes/booties, a lightweight rescue type/whitewater-type helmet, and lightweight leather or ski gloves, a personal flotation device rated for Swiftwater operations with minimum buoyancy rating of 22 lbs. (This is a very physical and demanding class.) 

Participants will be required to complete an entrance level swim test on the first day of class. Swim test will consist of a 300 meter swim in a pool setting, using only forward (power) strokes, with no rest breaks, and no swim aids, in 1 O minutes or less. Participants who fail this entry-level test WILL NOT be allowed to participate in remaining program.

Participants will also be tested on prerequisite knowledge of ropes and knots. Participants should be prepared to perform knot tying and mechanical advantage systems as outlined in NFPA 1006 (2013 Ed.), Chapter 5, subsections 5.5.1-5.5.4 and Chapter 6 subsections 6.1.1-6.1.4 and 6.2.5-6.2.6