Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT or SRT1)

Duration: 3 Days
Prerequisites: None, or Swiftwater Rescue Awareness, or Swiftwater Rescue Operations
Recommended additional courses: Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operations

Upon successful completion of the Swiftwater Rescue Technician course (SRT), students will be able to perform scene size up, develop self-rescue skills, and effect and support in-water rescue operations in flood and swiftwater environs.

The SRT course is the foundation for all advanced courses.  Students develop techniques for self-rescue and scene management and the technical skills to support rescuers with advanced training.  Course topics include: scene safety and management; equipment unique to swiftwater rescue; on scene communications; hydrology and water features; swimming and self-rescue techniques; throw bags and rope skills; wading techniques; anchors and rope systems; and fundamentals of providing safety systems to in-water rescuers.  Additional topics include: concerns unique to flood waters; victim and patient care, management, and transport; in-water search operations; simple mechanical advantage; non-motorized boat operations; and medical issues typical to flood and swiftwater incidents.

This course is the prerequisite for Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced, and Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator.  Completion of Technical Rope Rescue with SRT, and SRTA meets the NFPA 1670 requirements for Surface/Swiftwater Technician, required for NIMS. Instructor student ratio is 1:12 with a minimum of 8 students per instructor.

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