Emergency Boat Operation and Rescue

Workforce Development | Public Safety

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Program Description

Emergency services personnel who respond to water incidents must recognize risks and dangers and take appropriate action to ensure personal, team, and scene safety. This course can equip you with the knowledge and training needed in diverse outdoor and water-related emergencies. It provides essential surface and swift water safety information for response personnel by addressing the need for surface and swift water search and rescue; scene safety; assessment, control, and site management; identifying resources and training levels; activation of the Emergency Response System; hazard identification and mitigation, and rescue versus recovery operations.

Students must be 18 years of age to participate in any PA Fish and Boat Commission Water Rescue curriculum.

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Emergency Boat Operation and Rescue

What You'll Learn

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Classroom and practical hands-on training in boat selection, recommended equipment, boat handling, moving-water tactics, and boat rescue techniques. 

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Proper procedures used in basic water safety and safe boat handling.

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How to identify individual capabilities and perform water rescue within the ability of the responder.

Competencies to respond to an on-the-water emergency appropriately. 

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Career Outlook as a Water Rescue First-Responder

Emergency Responders are always needed to respond to water-related emergencies that occur in bodies of water, violent storms, and flooding. 

Emergency Responders for water rescue can be employed by or volunteers within their local Fire and Rescue agencies.

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