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    Question Equipment Lists & Best Dive Team??

    My county is in the beginning phases of starting a county wide dive team. I was just looking for info on all the equipment required(other than the basics), is there a good site that has a good inventory of tools/equip. used? Also I was wondering what dive team(s) are considered as some of the elite in the US.

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    Default Information for a new dive team

    I can provide you with a link for dive team equipment:
    http://www.diverescueintl.com/equipment.html

    At the Dive Rescue International "equipment" site, you can download a catalog and RETAIL price list (NOTE: "Bid Prices" are available and are less than the "Retail Prices" quoted online).

    Agencies that I would hold out as "role models" include:

    Indianapolis Fire Department, IN, David Owens is Division Chief of Training & Special Operations. Indianapolis suffered two PSD fatalities and have since revamped their team to be one of the best in North America

    Boone County Water Rescue, KY, Captain Dale Apel is the point of contact. This is primarily a volunteer team that is one of the most progressive in the county and incorporates technology (side scan SONARs, video and ROVs), surface supplied air, Superlite 17s & 27s, underwater comms, and other state of the art equipment resulting in safe and effective operations.

    Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL, Steve Salach is the dive team leader and runs one of the most active teams in North America. Between February 2007 and Sept 2008, his team recovered 211 submerged vehicles.

    Indian River County Fire Rescue, FL, Kevin Slade is the senior officer overseeing the agency's Marine Rescue Division.

    Waukeegan Fire Department, IL, Steve Orusa is the department's training captain who has considerable knowledge in the field of dive rescue. His agency developed a SOG that has been peer reviewed by many in the PSD community and e makes it available to anyone who asks. It can be downloaded from the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists site at: http://www.iadrs.org/index.php?pr=DOWNLOADS_AND_LINKS (the SOG download is at the bottom of the IADRS webpage)

    Best of luck to you and your teammates!

    Blades Robinson, Director
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    Default Equipment ideas...

    Since no one else has chimed in yet, I will throw out a few ideas as it relates to equipment.

    My belief is if you have an Aqua Lung dealer in your community you are fortunate. I mention Aqua Lung because the have great equipment, it can be serviced easily, and they have a special pricing program for public safety dive teams. The discount pricing structure allows you to get more for your money and when you have a new team on a limited budget, getting more "bang for your buck" is a good thing!

    If I were in a position to wish for any equipment, I would wish for the following:
    • SeaQuest Black Diamond BCs - Tough, durable, fairly easy to decontaminate.
    • Aqua Lung Legend LX Supreme Regulator - Environmentalized, compatible for ice diving and extreme environments.
    • Suunto Cobra Air Integrated Computer / Submersible Pressure Gauge - Allows for PC download to document dives.
    • Viking HDS Vulcanized Dry Suit - Tough, durable, high abrasion resistance, very resistant to both permeation and penetration. I believe is the best suit manufactured today for public safety dive teams. The downside is cost but durability will allow for many more years of use.
    • Interspiro Mk II full face masks - A standard of the public safety diving industry for many years. Tough, durable and “bullet proof.” Can be repaired in the field if necessary with minimal tools and your personnel can be certified by the manufacturer to conduct annual preventative maintenance.
    • OTS hard wired communications - The hard wired comms allow for clear communication between two divers and a surface tender. Nearly an industry standard and preferred by most teams over the wireless systems also manufactured by OTS.
    • Underwater Body Recovery System - Manufactured by Dive Rescue International this system allows the team to contain drowning victims and evidence in a system that includes lifting handles, a bridal junkin and lift bag.
    • J W Fishers Pulse 8x underwater metal detector - Purchase the large 18” coil, it allows the diver to cover more area quickly which shortens dive time and potential diver risk.
    • Humminbird 1197c SI combo SAR - This is an inexpensive, portable side imaging SONAR that allows teams to search for targets using small vessels and deploy divers in the area of highest probability. If funds allow, the Marine Sonic side scan SONAR is the ultimate wish but probably not feasible for a new team just starting up. The Kongsberg MS-1000 rotating SONAR is another “wish for” item for the future.
    • Surface Supplied Air System – Again, something to wish for in the future but probably not practical for the new team just starting up.
    I hope this helps...

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    Default Hollis Launches new division for Dive / Water Rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by sq51kmg365 View Post
    My county is in the beginning phases of starting a county wide dive team. I was just looking for info on all the equipment required(other than the basics), is there a good site that has a good inventory of tools/equip. used? Also I was wondering what dive team(s) are considered as some of the elite in the US.
    The Hollis Commercial Division is the newest Division of American Underwater Products, AUP. Our brands include: Oceanic, Aeris & Hollis Technical. In short, we are the world leader in the diving industry.

    We have developed many items that are designed specifically for public safety diving and water rescue. Many are also sole source unique pieces meeting NFPA and other requirements. Our motto is: "THE RIGHT GEAR FOR THE MISSION."

    Our division has a SPECIAL right now for dive / water rescue teams.

    I would be happy to send you more information

    mreese@hollisgear.com

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    Blades, question we currently use the seaquest Pro QD BCD and were looking at picking up some more BCDs to replace some old Dacor stuff we have. What are your thoughts on the back inflate tech gear from OMS or Dive Rite vs a recreational set up like the Black Diamond or Pro QD?

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    Default Some small details

    The departments in our regional team all use the DUI weight and trim system, no more weightbelt issues. All of us use Full face masks (our team uses the AGA) and vulcanized rubber drysuits (Hunter, Viking)
    The FFM and Drysuits are big ticket items but well worth it.

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    Default SeaQuest BCs vs "tech"

    There is some merit to sticking with your SeaQuest Pro QD BCs as it relates to standardization and training. Our department uses the SeaQuest Pros also and we have been pleased with the durability, ability to have them serviced (if needed) by the local dive store, and the customer support we receive from both the store and manufacturer. The price also seemed fair.

    Most of the "tech" stuff was designed primarily for low profile, low drag, high lift (to offset carrying multiple dive cylinders) with applications for deep diving and cave diving. Some of these features may be desirable in a public safety setting but the the trade off oftentimes includes poor comfort and fit, and the inability to decontaminate easily (the "wings" are tucked inside bungee wrapped covers).

    These "tech" companies are trying to increase market share and see public safety diving as a "cash cow"; we ALL know how much "free" money the government has and how well funded PSD teams are (sarcasm here). So what I have noticed in recent years is these manufacturers take their poorly designed BCs, add some reflective tape to them and all of a sudden they are "public safety diving BCs." I am not saying this applies to OMS or Dive Rite but it is a trend that is rampant in the dive manufacturing community. The rule I share with you is, if it has reflective tape on it and/or it reads "SAR" or "PSD" in the product name/description, don't be fooled.

    You're a smart guy. Try a blind folded test and put the BCs on, try them in the water, check them for comfort and fit, see if the features on the BC meet the needs of your team, check the ability to decontaminate the BC, check price, and customer support.

    If you find a BC you like better than your Pro QD, please drop me an e-mail "off list" (I don't visit this forum often).

    Blades




    Quote Originally Posted by ADSNWFLD View Post
    Blades, question we currently use the seaquest Pro QD BCD and were looking at picking up some more BCDs to replace some old Dacor stuff we have. What are your thoughts on the back inflate tech gear from OMS or Dive Rite vs a recreational set up like the Black Diamond or Pro QD?

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