Over 500 people drown nationwide per year in automobile submersion incidents
and Florida leads the nation! Most fire departments are not trained or
properly equipped to handle this unique type of rescue. Many departments deploy
mask and snorkels for this task.This simply puts the rescuer at risk of injury or death
and reduces the likelihood of a rapid successful extrication of viable patients.
Vehicle submersions present in a variety of configurations. Most fire service
leaders are not familiar with the facts of vehicle submersion characteristics and
therefore do not give them the aggressive rescue priority they deserve.
Here are a few points to understand about vehicle submersions:
1. Many victims call 911 from their sinking vehicle
2. Many victims have been successfully rescued up to an hour after submersion
thanks to air pockets to breathe from
3. Victims who arrest in water colder than 60*f are considered cold water drowning; many FL
lakes, rivers, and canals are well below this temperature during winter months.
"Remember, they're not dead until they're WARM & DEAD"
4. Drowning victims in general have a better resuscitation rate than those with diseased
system resuscitation We can be more aggressive with submersion drowning victims if we
can get to them faster
5. Departments provide firefighters with appropriate PPE equipment and training when
entering other IDLH environments and should NOT expect or ask rescuers to
hold their breath and "DO YOUR BEST WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT"
WET Teams can be used for a variety of situations and act as yet another lifesaving
skill/tool to add to your first response team. WET Teams have been used for
victims trapped in overturned boats and downed aircraft
WET stands for Water Extrication Team. A WET Team is a specialized team of Public Safety trained scuba divers using state-of-the-art rapid deploy equipment known as Rapid DiverTM. The Rapid DiverTM system is used to affect a rescue of victims trapped in a sub-surface environment ie . vehicle submersions, capsized boats, downed aircraft etc...A WET Team does not require a boat for
deployment on vehicle submersions but can deploy from any boat as necessary for other types of
incidents. This compact state-of-the-art equipment is carried on first response apparatus and can be deployed in as little as 20 seconds. A two-person team is all it takes to affect a rapid rescue. Many agencies are finding it affordable to place this two-person team on all front line apparatus.
WET TEAM VS. DIVE TEAM
There is a big difference between the two! WET Teams are designed to be a rapid deploy team
assigned to front line apparatus. WET Teams are designed to affect a rescue. WET Teams are
typically more cost effective and do not require additional vehicles or boats to implement.
WET Teams are short duration enter, rescue, and get out teams.
Dive teams are costly and require additional vehicles and boats. Dive teams are typically not rapid
deploy and are used typically as recovery teams. Many departments have a 30 min. or greater
response time expectation when the nearest dive team is called.
Rapid DiverTMcomes standard with a front 27cu' tank for 20-30 min. of shallow
water use. Teams that want to use Rapid DiverTM in the DIVE TEAM mode can do
so simply by adding a standard 80 cu' tank to the rear of the unit. This make the
Rapid Diver unit very versatile.
Hurly's believes that the only acceptable rapid entry rescue system on the market is the
Rapid DiverTM system. The Rapid DiverTM system is the only system that offers the proper amount
of lift (50 lbs) to support the rescuer and victim at the surface. Competitor units offer 25 lbs of lift which
is the equivalent to a lightweight recreational BCD. The rugged design of the Rapid DiverTM will
meet the tough requirements demanded by public safety divers during life saving operations.
If you're ready to build your team please contact us to schedule a
presentation and custom build a team that fits your department's needs.
As an Authorized Training Agency for Rapid DiverTM you can be assured that
your team training is as reliable as your equipment!
Diver training includes Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver,
Full Face Mask Diver,, and Rapid DiverTM Public Safety Education and more!!
WET Students will undergo a "HELL" week Fin Camp to complete all necessary training
Hurly's Wet Adventures LLC. is owned and operated by an active
duty Lt. Firefighter-Paramedic. You will receive the most up
to date training on the market.
** NO PREVIOUS DIVE TRAINING BY YOUR MEMBERS IS NECESSARY **
President- Hurly's Wet Adventures LLC Lt. Gary Hurlbut Firefighter-Paramedic
833-GO HURLY (464-8759) www.hurlystore.com 727-755-DIVE (3483)
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