A court room can be a scary place. A defense attorney may seek to ruin a diver’s credibility, or find issues related to operational procedures. No dive team member wants to let the “bad guy” get away, or harm the credible image of his or her dive team.
The management of the “crime scene” needs to be addressed from the dive team perspective, either by the third party agency or an integrated municipal department. This scene management needs to be part of any team’s training regimen
In the public safety world, gas fills can become complicated. Fire stations must follow OSHA regulations, and fill station operators require training that is not required in standard dive shop environments. If a person were to speak to most current dive team leaders in the United States, they would insist that mixed gasses of any sort, and even basic nitrox, are not allowed in public safety diving programs.
The Medal of Meritorious Service was bestowed upon two Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) Instructors, Mike Franklin and Dale Autry, by Oklahoma’s oldest law enforcement organizaion: the Oklahoma Sherrif’s and Peace Officers Association (OSPOA) on February 21, 2014. This prestigious … Continue reading
Please welcome our new instructors from the Virginia Port Authority class: Frank White, Steven Curry, George Yates, Fred Simpson, Bryan Miers, Brian Decker, Danny Turnquist, Mark Robinson, Michael Derwent, Russell Dunton, Steve Callow, Steven Dooley, Terry Chambers, Todd Day, Wallace … Continue reading
by Shawn Harrison In February I had the pleasure of being invited to sunny Arizona in order to attend an event that the US Border Patrol (USBP) and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) where holding. Both teams were conducting a joint … Continue reading
In the real world of public safety diving, there is no single definition of what constitutes “cold water.” Defining cold water is difficult because it depends on so many factors, i.e., the water temperature, the diver’s size, amount of subcutaneous … Continue reading
How many times have we wished we had performed the witness interviews differently after the search? Recently I was asked to help out with the recovery of an ice fisherman that went through the ice with his UTV. A UTV … Continue reading
Most divers seem to believe that the winter months of the year are a time to relax by the fire and enjoy time indoors. Conversely, a small number of divers realize this is the perfect time of year to prepare … Continue reading