Ice Rescue Technician Course

The Ice Rescue Technician Course (IRT) is a 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.

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These comprehensive courses are designed to meet the NFPA 1670 Standard for Technical Rescue operations and consists of a 2-hour classroom session, followed by two 2.5 hour practical sessions on the ice and in cold water. A 1-hour course debriefing and written exam concludes the course. 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

Course Schedule
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.

2015 dates and locations are as follows:

January 24, 2015: Kennebunkport, Maine
February 07, 2015: Leicester, Massachusetts
March 07, 2015: Kennebunkport, Maine

International Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy
February 19 - 22, 2015: Portland, Maine

Pre-Requisite: 

The two intensive 2.5 hour practical sessions require each participant to wear 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.

Required Equipment: 

Participants must supply their own cold water/ice rescue suit, but rental suits are available.

Course Completion: 

Certificates and insignia are awarded to those who successfully meet all educational course objectives including:

  1. participation in classroom session
  2. completion of all practical evaluations
  3. 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.

Course Reviews

Trevor Nason

February 16, 2013: Absolutely loved the course. Keep up the awesome work. Great instructors and great fun! Longer walk of life!

Damion Taylor

February 16, 2013: Thanks for a great course. Learned a lot and had fun. Keep it up!!!

Derek May

February 16, 2013: Excellent class. Well matched number of instructors to participants. Great to break people into squads and continue to keep busy entire time period and...

Dave Ingram

Thank you very much. It was awesome. Great class, fun and very educational.

Liz Coffey

This course exceeded my expectations. Friendly, knowledgeable, great atmosphere. Really enjoyed the work and experience. Thanks to all of you.

Ray Thetga, Jr.

Great class. Well put together. Great hands on skills.