It takes practice to become proficient in using a lift bag! Is there a right way and a wrong way to go about it? Of course there is! The wrong way is to simply go underwater carrying a bag without any training or thought of how it should be rigged and used. When rigging and lifting an item off the bottom, there are a number of things to keep in mind that will make your recovery safer and more professional
You can assist Clark County Dive Rescue by sponsoring a team member to attend NW SARCon; "The Northwest's Premier Search & Rescue Conference".
Northwest SARCon is a search-and-rescue conference for emergency responders and their supervisors. Attendees include sheriff’s deputies, SAR team members and volunteers, police officers, firefighters and military and medical personnel. Participants receive hands-on training and participate in discussions on topics related to every aspect of search-and-rescue missions.
Click here to watch a video about SARCon on our YouTube channel.
The conference returns Sept. 23-25, 2016 to Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen in Boring, Oregon. Click here to take a video tour of Camp Kuratli.
The 2016 conference will feature:
Click this link to easily & securely donate the cost of attendance!
Weather.com has our forecast showing cool & cloudy this weekend, with some rain probable on Sunday. Pretty typical Memorial Day weekend for Portland, right?
Just because the weather's cool doesn't mean you can relax your attention on the water. You can still become dehydrated, especially if you're using adult beverages to "re-hydrate".
Watch your weather reports and if the rain comes in with a bit more force and wind than expected, have a "Plan B" for your water-related activities. Alternate moorage, make sure your equipment is in working order, radio function checks, and keep those cell phones charged up. Do you have your towing insurance up to date and a phone number handy?
Make sure you're staying safe out there!
Millions of people will hit the road over the long Memorial Day weekend or kick off summer with some fun in the pool. The American Red Cross has some safety steps everyone can follow to have a safe holiday weekend.
Friends, with Memorial Day coming up this weekend, lots of people will be heading out on the water, enjoying their favorite adult beverages and the company of family.
It's important to remember that, while having open alcoholic beverages on your boat is not illegal, boating under the influence of alcohol or marjuana IS illegal and unsafe.
PLEASE make sure you have a designated driver on the water as well as on land. Each year, BUI accidents cause injuries, damage to property, and unnecessary deaths,
Let's not forget those PFDs (personal flotation devices) either! Make sure you have all of your required safety equipment on board.
(Further laws on boating can be found here.)
The Washington SAR CON in Cowlitz County last weekend is not your last chance to join your peers for training and trading experiences.
Northwest SARCON in Clackamas County Oregon is coming up in September.
Safe transportation of oil is an on-going debate in our community right now. Increased rail traffic through the Columbia Gorge and the Port of Vancouver is a very contentious issue.
Handling a fuel transportation incident is a fairly specialized skill set, and not one that every community has resources for. Training for this skill is a critical infrastructure need. In 2015, CCDRT member Larry Good attended railcar incident response training alongside regional first responders from various fire departments, Coast Guard Auxiliary members, and others at the Scappoose Fire District, presented by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Coalition in order to better coordinate Clark County Dive Rescue Team efforts and training techniques with local and national first responders.
CCDRT members remain committed to professional training and skills improvement by volunteering their time to training and coordinating response activities across agencies and organizations.
You may not know that Washington ranks 11th in volunteer rates in the nation!
In the Washington State Service Plan for 2016-18, our three primary goals are to:
And don't forget; we're recruiting volunteers as well!
Washington State Search and Rescue Volunteer Advisory Council (WA SARVAC) exists to provide a forum for search and rescue volunteers in our state to work together to develop best practices, develop curriculum, and discuss and resolve issues. We serve as a liaison between the search and rescue units and the volunteers that comprise them, and the WA Emergency Management Division, the agency that oversees search and rescue activities at the state level. We work with the Washington State Search and Rescue Coordinators' Association (WSSARCA) to address the needs of law enforcement agencies in our state when it comes to SAR volunteer responders.
In a typical year, search and rescue responders answer the call to assist law enforcement agencies search for missing persons and those in distress around 900 times each year. This volunteer service is invaluable in the communities in which we serve.
Washington State SARCON is going on this weekend, May 20-22 in Cowlitz County
Certain scuba tanks are no longer certified, Particularly Luxfer aluminum tanks from a certain time period (1971-1988) and of a certain alloy (6351) . It's important to note that scuba shops will NOT work on or even fill these for you if you bring them in: it's simply not safe.
If you have any questions about this or other equipment safety/recall notices, stop in and chat with our friends at Seven Seas Scuba for clarification.