Thread: swift water rescue PFD's
06-07-2001, 07:49 AM #1trevorFirehouse.com Guest
swift water rescue PFD's
looking for any ideas on PFD's for swiftwater rescue, whats good whats bad, what do u use and why ect ect
06-08-2001, 12:02 PM #2RWKFirehouse.com Guest
SRS, Wildwasser, Extrasport, and some others make good swiftwater rescue vests.
Look for features like:
High flotation (very useful with contact rescues or when the subject is not wearing a PFD.
Adjustability (a good fit is critical)
Quick release cam buckle on tether/harness
Various attachment points(for knife,whistle, strobe, etc.
Pockets (w/drain holes)
The vest should be designed for swiftwater rescue and meet/exceed all certifying agency requirements (I don't know about Australia, but in the US, Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) and/or Coast Guard requirements are good).
Attend some training and ask instructors or experienced people their preferences. You may even be able to try some "demo" models. Remember the PFD is a tool - rescuers can/do die with the best equipment - train, train, train.
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