CCDRT member train and equip at personal expense. Generous donations from community supporters make a huge difference in our ability to provide public safety services to the county and surrounding communities.
Please consider donating a training course, or a portion of the cost.
CCDRT divers assist alongside the Clark County Sheriff's Department Search & Rescue (SAR) team in a successful evidence search on January 28th. With temperatures hovering not far above freezing, these volunteer teams conducted a systematic search in and around a pond.
2016 was a year of re-building for Clark County Dive Rescue. As with any volunteer organization, personnel come and go with the tides of their other obligations. 2014 and 2015 experienced an ebb in CCDRT activities that was reversed this year.
Emergency Response diving is not a trivial undertaking. It requires a level of dedication and training unqiue among divers- to be willing to dive in all kinds of conditions; cold, black water, contaminated water, swift water. To undertake a level of financial committment to purchase your own equipment, train at your own expense to provide a level of professional competence that your team mates and community can reply upon in an emergency. To be willing to sacrifice your personal time each month to attend business meetings and training. To participate in fundraising and community outreach and education. To sign up to be called out for emergencies any time of day or night. These things require a large number of people to undertake a large effort in order to present a functional team to the emergency management function of our county.
2016 was the year we re-built that capacity, more or less from scratch. We trained and certified new divers to the Operations Level of ERDI, filed applications for new members to become Washington State Emergency Workers (with background checks), shepherded our entire team through initial and refresher FEMA ICS training, and worked on our intra-team communications and coordinations skills.
All of that work has paid off. As we enter 2017, CCDRT is back and operational, ready to be called out by CRESA for any regional water-related emergency needs via the Active 911 app.
Much thanks to our emergency management community partners in the Clark Sheriff's Office, CRESA, and the Washignton Emergency Management Department. Special thanks to our local private business partner Seven Seas Scuba for supporting our team with special rates on equipment and air.
The overall goal of FEMA's IS-288.A Independent Study course is to increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities of voluntary agencies in emergency management. Voluntary agencies have helped meet the needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters since the 1800’s. Today, they serve a critical role in the emergency management field from helping communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters to providing immediate response and long-term recovery services. Without the support, dedication, and expertise of voluntary agencies, the government would be unable to address all the needs of disaster-affected communities.
This (free) independent study course provides a basic understanding of the history, roles and services of disaster relief voluntary agencies in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.
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!
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.
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
By way of our local SCUBA industry partner USIA, here are a few stories of recuers helped by those rescued...
"When I was a kid one of my favorite TV shows was Gilligan’s Island. In one episode, a satellite was supposed to fly over the island, and the professor came up with a plan to write SOS in huge flaming letters on the beach. The theory was that the eye in the sky would see the help sign and they would be rescued. Of course, Gilligan found a way to screw it up for everyone, kicking the letters and making the sign completely unreadable.Putting aside the fact that Gilligan would have been shot or at the very least banished to the other side of the island, the whole SOS in the sand idea seemed far-fetched to me. How would anyone be able to see a makeshift sign in the sand from so far away? Well, some recent stories have proven me wrong. Here are some tales of stranded people who used the professor’s idea and actually got rescued as a result."