Boat Rescue Operations: Technician

Boat Rescue Operations: Technician

Class Full

October 9-12, 2019

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%.



  • EMS CEUs-Non-Core-32


Includes lunch for all days of class



THU, October 10

Noren Access, Missouri River
8:00 am - 5:00 pm:

FRI, October 11

Noren Access, Missouri River
8:00 am - 10:00 pm:
A night exercise is scheduled for this day. Participants will be provided an extended dinner break and return for the night drill.

SAT, October 12

Noren Access, Missouri River
8:00 am - 3:00 pm:


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, but strongly encouraged that you provide your own boat. If your department has a rescue boat, we encourage that you bring it to become familiar with the specific requirements and handling of that vessel. We recommend no more than three personnel per boat.
  • 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.

4 Easy Ways To Register

Registration Form

Class Full


Mail your completed form and payment to:

Boat Rescue Operations: Technician
MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute
1110 S College Ave, Rm 232
Columbia, MO 65211-3410

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