Thread: Basic / Swift water rescue
02-23-1999, 11:30 AM #1FSRIZZIOFirehouse.com Guest
Basic / Swift water rescue
Greetings, I'm with a small volunteer dept. in Northwest Arkansas that has some low water bridges in our response area that flood during heavy rains. I want my dept. to gear up and train for rescue situations on these bridges. Am looking for a reputable outfit that can provide this sort of training. Any suggestions?
02-23-1999, 08:54 PM #2e33Firehouse.com Guest
Rescue 3 Intrernational out of California. (800) 457-3728. You can also get their info if you have a catalog from The Rescue Source. ( (800) 45-RESCUE ). Good Luck
03-01-1999, 03:11 AM #3CavemanFirehouse.com Guest
You need to contact Bill Matney at Bill Matney Consultants. He works for Rescue 3 Int'l, and I got my Swiftwater Instructor's certification from his classes. He lives in Greenwood, Ky. I couldn't find his number, but I'll try to get it for you. If I forget, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and remind me.
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03-01-1999, 04:45 PM #4FyrediverFirehouse.com Guest
Another very good company that may be able to serve your needs is Dive Rescue International. They are out of Fort Collins Colorado. They have a great swift water class and are great to work with. We have taken dive, swiftwater, and ice rescue courses from them. All were excellent. There phone number is 1-800-248-3483. They also have a website. The address is www.DiveRescueIntl.com
03-12-1999, 01:37 PM #5Perry2085Firehouse.com Guest
In response to your question. You may want to call Todd Doncyson of Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Watrecraft Division) at (614)265-6655 For information on thier classes or information of others around you. ODNR has taught students from California to NY and aslo into Canada. I work with them as a Instructor. This is a very good class and they also teach a instructor class as well. I hope this information is helpful.
Perry Fire Dept.
03-12-1999, 03:58 PM #6PhredFirehouse.com Guest
The Ohio Dept of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft, has a web site with quite a bit of information. The site address is:
There is a page that has e-mail links to the Columbus HQ and the District Offices. The site does not mention the Rescue subject classes, but they are still available.
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03-14-1999, 05:44 PM #7David PolikoffFirehouse.com Guest
One of the best instructors in the water rescue fields is Walter(Butch)Hendrick. His Company name is Lifeguard Systems Inc. His company is based out of New York he will come to you or you can search for one of his classes and go to him. He is very good. the number is 914-331-3383 This is his web site address: http://www.teamlgs.com/
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03-15-1999, 09:34 AM #8FSRIZZIOFirehouse.com Guest
Thanks for the input. Your suggestions have given me access to some top notch outfits. I'm looking forward to working with them in the near future.
Good Luck and be Safe, Frank
08-28-2006, 12:11 PM #9
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Bill Matney can be reached at 703 812 6034............For mass casualty marine rescue course go to searchandrescuefoundation.org training page.
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