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    Default NIGHTIME Ice rescue.

    Was working on some ice rescue the other night with our dept. One thing we tried was to simulate working a long distance from the nearest shore. With ice rescue the tap of your head, waving arm, or arm sticking right up are ways to direct your team on shore as to what you need done. In a night time call without having lights it makes it hard to see the hand signals. One thing we tried was our vest lights that have red on them and used that as the sign to pull. However that is only one direction. Looking to see if others have come up with some ideas to deal with this situation.

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    if you are a rope, signalling via pulls and then light directions with flashlights would be good.
    if you use the OATH method teach a look back on the "advance" or "take back" orders
    Originally Posted by madden01
    "and everyone is encouraged to use Plain, Spelled Out English. I thought this was covered in NIMS training."

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    Will try some of that. Always looking for ways to make things flow more smoothly and prepare for any wrench that gets tossed in.

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    Try having someone on shore maintain accountability for your members on the ice with a thermal imaging camera. You won't see anything under the ice, but you should be able to make out the members on the ice and their hand signals.

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    Very good Idea AFD, even with a full ice suit on the heat signature should still show up whiter than the cold water. Will give that a try as well.

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