Ice Rescue Technician: January 2014
The Lifesaving Resources Ice Rescue Technician (IRT) Course is an internationally-standardized program that meets/exceeds NFPA 1670 Standard for Technical Rescue, and can be customized to meet the needs of the local First Responder organizations.
It is an intensive and fast-paced, educational program specifically designed for Public Safety and Rescue Professionals, including Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, and EMS Personnel.
This course is designed as a foundational course for all public safety and rescue professionals. The focus of this one-day training program is on surface rescue for cold water and ice incidents with an emphasis on personal survival and safety of the rescuer. It is designed to provide the public safety and rescue professional with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe rescue and recovery operations in, on and around ice and cold water.
These comprehensive course includes classroom sessions (minimum 3-hours), followed by on/through-the-ice practical sessions.
Subjects and/or practical evolutions include the following:
- The Rescue Process
- Ice Safety Principles
- Incident Command
- Cold Water Rescue and Survival
- Ice Rescue and Survival
- Recognition and Management of Hypothermia
- Use of Specialized Safety and Rescue Equipment
The one-day IRT course is scheduled from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Sign-in begins at 7:30 AM. Lunch is provided; several breaks are provided throughout the course.
2016 dates and locations are as follows:
January 23, 2016: Kennebunkport, Maine
February 06, 2016: Leicester, Massachusetts
March 05, 2016: Westbrook, Maine
International Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy
February 18 - 21, 2016: Portland, Maine
The two intensive 2.5 hour practical sessions require each participant to have exclusive use of an approved Ice Rescue Suit (i.e. Mustang Ice Commander, Survitec Imperial 1500, Stearns Dryflex, Stearns Neoprene I595).
During the 15 practical evolutions, each participant rotates through various positions at each station including Primary Rescuer, Secondary Rescuer, and Victim. Participants are continually active during the 15 practical evolutions and are responsible for manning tether lines when not serving in the above capacities.
After completing the rotation within each practical evolution, the team of students then immediately rotates to another practical evolution.
The IRT Candidate must be in good physical condition and must be comfortable in deep water while wearing a Cold Water/Ice Rescue Suit or Dry Suit with a PFD.
Participants must have exclusive use of an approved cold water/ice rescue suit, but rental suits are available.
Certificates and insignia are awarded to those who successfully meet all educational course objectives including:
- participation in classroom session
- completion of all practical evaluations
- pass the written final examination
Individuals who successfully complete the classroom session and the final written examination, but who cannot participate or successfully complete the practical sessions, will be awarded an Ice Rescue Awareness certificate.
Gerald M. Dworkin (Gerry) is a professional Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue Consultant for Lifesaving Resources, LLC and is the author of the "Lifeguard Competition Guidebook", the "Professional Aquatics Safety Seminar Guidebook", the "Water Rescue Course Guidebook", and the "Ice Rescue Course Guidebook" (published by Lifesaving Resources) and "CPR for Infants and Children" (published by the Child Welfare League of America).
Gerry has an extensive background in Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, EMS, and Public Safety and Rescue. Along with his textbooks, he has written and published over 40 articles, and has consulted in over 300 drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as either a Plaintiff or Defense Forensics Expert.
A graduate from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Gerry has over 40 years experience as a Professional and/or Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and has worked and consulted for the American Red Cross as a Health and Safety Services Professional/Consultant. As a frequent guest speaker and trainer in the Lifeguard and Aquatics Safety and Recreation sector, as well as the Public Safety and Rescue sector, Gerry is considered an expert and qualified educator throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.
In 2010, Gerry was named by Aquatics International Magazine as one of the Power 25 Aquatic Professionals in the U.S. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA.org) from 2009 - 2015; a Sounding Board for the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Curriculums; and currently on an Advisory Committee for the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Gerry has appeared as a subject matter expert on such national media broadcasts as CNN; MSNBC News; CBS' Early Show; ABC's Good Morning America; NBC's Today Show; The Weather Channel; The Discovery Channel; and the Fire Emergency Training Network (FETN), and The History Channel, and he is frequently contacted for interviews by publications throughout the U.S. on matters pertaining to submersion incidents; Lifeguard operations and management; submerged vehicle incidents; aquatics safety; water rescue; and ice rescue.
Gerry has been a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for over 40 years, and was a career Firefighter/EMT with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. He is currently a Firefighter/EMT with the Kennebunkport Fire Department in Maine.
Scot is Vice President for Angel Guard Products, Inc., manufacturer of the Rescue Alive Ice Rescue Platform, Pick-of-Life Ice Awls, and the WaterRescue Jaws. In addition to his work with Lifesaving Resources as an Ice Rescue Technician, Water Rescue Technician, and Swiftwater Rescue Course Instructor, Scot works closely with other ice rescue equipment manufacturers, local, state and federal agency ice and water rescue trainers to develop new equipment and course curriculum.
Scot is a Class III Certified Ice Rescue Instructor for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Dive Rescue International, and the Ontario Fire College. Scot also serves as an adjunct instructor for the New York State Fire Academy, Toronto Police Marine Unit, and the Iowa Community College system. Scot served 8 years (1980 - 1988) in New England as a Boatswain's Mate for the United States Coast Guard doing small boat search and rescue, and was stationed in Providence, Rhode Island, and worked out of Newport, Woods Hole, Point Judith, and Block Island. He is a certified PADI SCUBA Diver, an Open Water Rescue Instructor, and an avid whitewater and surf kayaker.
Greg is a 2003 graduate of the Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Program and is the newest member of our Ice Rescue Training Programs Faculty. Greg is a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician with the Northwood Fire and Rescue Department in Northwood, New Hampshire.
Bob is a Captain for the Cumberland Rescue Service in Cumberland, Rhode Island with 20 years experience as a Paramedic and Firefighter. He is the team coordinator for the Cumberland Water Rescue Team and co-coordinator for the Blackstone Valley Regional Dive Team. Bob is a graduate of the Lifesaving Resources' 2006 Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy and the 2008 Ice Rescue Instructor Train-the-Trainer Academy, and also assists Lifesaving Resources in the conduct of Lifeguard In-service Training Programs.
Upon receipt of registration and payment information, a confirmation packet will be sent that includes directions, lodging facilities, and further information.
The fee for the one day training program may vary depending upon the course location and facilities being used, and includes:
- a comprehensive Ice Rescue Technician Course Guidebook
- snack and lunch
- course completion certificate and insignia, valid for 5 years, upon successful completion of the course
To rent an Ice Rescue Suit for this training, please add it to the shopping cart here.