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Boat Rescue Operations: Technician


Boat Rescue Operations: Technician


October 16 - 19, 2017 - Jefferson City FD Training Academy


Many agencies have boats, but do not have the specific skills to recognize their operating limitations. A number of recent incidents highlight the need for proficiency in handling a boat in rescue operations. This course, adapted from 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; and, 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) to include a special night drill, and 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%.



Special Notes:


This is a very physical and demanding class.
  • 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 that you provide your own boat, however, if your department has a rescue boat, we encourage that you bring it. We request no more than three personnel per boat




Monday, October 16 Jefferson City FD Training Academy 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17 Noren Access, Missouri River 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18 Noren Access, Missouri River 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
A night exercise is scheduled for this day. Participants will be provided an extended dinner break and return for the night drill.
Thursday, October 19 Noren Access, Missouri River 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Registration Form
Mail Mail: Mail your completed form with payment to: Boat Rescue Operations: Technician
MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute
1110 S College Ave., Rm 232
Columbia, MO 65211-3410
Fax Fax: Include your completed registration form with purchase order, billing authorization, or credit card number. (No checks please.) 573-882-0678
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