Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)

The SRT course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems.

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Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (SFR)

This course is designed to provide students with both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of swiftwater rescue. The class includes one day of classroom instruction and one day of practical field exercises. As well as being prepared to work near water, undertake bank-based rescues and shallow water wading rescues, one of the main roles of a First Responder is to support Swiftwater Rescue Teams at an incident.

A First Responder may be required to evacuate people from properties or vehicles using shallow water wading skills, and will be expected to assist and support in the technical rescue, but will not be expected to undertake technical rescues themselves. This may include providing downstream safety cover or assistance with casualty handling.

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