Boat Rescue Operations: Technician

Summer Fire School

Mark Cado

Kansas City Fire Department

Jared Weaver

Kansas City Fire Department

Larry Young

Battalion Chief,
Kansas City Fire Department
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • End: 5:00 P.M., Saturday, June 1, 2019
Surface Water Rescue is recommended. Strong swimming skills are required.
• 32 Hours
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Many agencies have boats, but do not have the specific skills to recognize their operating limitations. A number of recent high-profile failed boat operations, which endangered the crews, and in some instances lead to the deaths of crew members and civilians highlighted the need for such training. This course, adapted from surf rescue and whitewater rafting skills, has been taught to fire personnel internationally. The class includes trailering and launching procedures, boat design and specification, equipment placement, motor maintenance, flips, re-righting, emergency starts, rescue equipment, hydrology, boat performance, recovery and rescue skills, high-speed turns, and pick-ups. Participants will train on the water and leave the course with an understanding of rescue equipment, team organization, standard operating guidelines, and victim physiology and water dynamics. The class is designed to meet the technician certification level of the International Rescue Instructors Association (IRIA) and includes a special night drill, and a final day written and practical testing competencies. Satisfactory completion requires an 80% cumulative score of six skill stations and a written test score of at least 80%.



  • Participants must provide a full wet suit or surface dry suit, tennis shoes or booties, a lightweight rescue or whitewater type helmet, gloves (ski gloves preferred), and an acceptable personal flotation device with rescue harness and personal rescue throw bag.
  • It is not required, but strongly encouraged that you provide your own boat or your department's rescue boat for class. No more than four personnel per boat is allowed.
  • The majority of the class will be held at the Noren Access point in Jefferson City, Missouri.
  • This course requires significant physical exertion and stamina. See Health Warning