Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death among children and youth. In Washington State, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among ages 1–17. In our state, drowning deaths usually occur in open water, such as lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, Puget Sound, and the Pacific Ocean. Open water drownings are preventable. In a review of unintentional child and youth drownings between 1999–2003, the Washington State Child Death Review (CDR) determined that 85 percent of those drownings were preventable. Interventions, such as life jacket use and lifeguards, could have prevented those deaths.
Washington’s unintentional drowning rates are higher than the national rate. However, over the past 28 years, drowning rates in Washington have steadily declined. In the latest data available from 2010, the unintentional drowning rate in Washington State was 1.6 per 100,000. There were 133 Washington State residents who died from unintentional drowning, including 17 boating-related drowning deaths.
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) recently completed the acquisition of a Dive Team Response and Support Vehicle (also known as “the Dive Bus”) with just over $240,000 in Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) FY2014 grant funds through the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO). A joint project of the RDPO Law Enforcement and Marine and Civil Aviation Work Groups, the Dive Bus will enhance the ability of the MCSO Dive Team and other specialized teams to conduct search and rescue operations and respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) events on waterways throughout the Portland Metropolitan Region (PMR). It will also support law enforcement efforts to investigate, disrupt, deter, and dismantle international and domestic terrorism threats in the PMR.
Whether you are part of a non-profit volunteer agency or a for-profit EMS business, community support is a necessity. Fund-raising to keep your agency fully equipped and functioning, attracting qualified staff as efficient paid professionals, replacing vehicles, building a headquarters, charging patients for services, or even replacing uniforms for members will all go smoother if the residents and government leaders of your service area are behind you.
Nothing beats a drill for really showing the need for planning and training: http://www.alertdiver.com/EmergencySimulations
The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) approved and recognized Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence on March 4, 2016.
CCDRT training will start at the Blind School at 9 am this Saturday March 12, 2016. We will continue with the second half of the ERDI Tender course. Books and materials will be available. If we are still going we can get into the pool at 3 pm.