PFDs are not a thing of the past, and can help no one when tucked into truck storage compartments, strapped to a boat, or left in an inaccessible location.
Teams today have capabilities and support structures that far exceed dive teams of the past. Technology can eliminate some of the busy work, frustration, and extensive hands-on searching that divers were once required to perform.
ERDI and Buck Buchannan of Dive911 provide a local dive team with the necessary training to search and recover a submerged vehicle in less than 15 minutes.
All leaders overseeing public safety organizations recognize and understand the topic of liability, and ERDI training can help any team improve and protect itself.
What makes surface supplied air diving so much better for public safety divers over scuba, you ask?
The phrase “practice makes perfect” is something that most people have heard at some point in their lives. This phrase rings true within the public safety diving community. If we do not refresh our memories and work through basic skills with regularity, those skills can become difficult or even forgotten.
During an ERDI open water training session in Taiwan, a group of public safety divers came upon a pair shoes just sitting on an otherwise empty bridge.
Evidence recovery is a primary function for almost all public safety dive teams in the United States. Essentially, a dive teams’ skills in regards to sub-surface evidence collection may be responsible for solving a case, or conversely, letting it slip through a detectives fingers.
Tough economic times confront all law enforcement agencies and EMS departments, but grants, private organizations and social media fundraising offer viable alternatives for budget-challenged departments.
Public safety diving is a good fit for veterans transitioning from military careers. Veterans returning from the nation’s longest military deployment in Afghanistan and other Middle East countries face an uncertain transition to civilian life. More than 21.4 million vets increased the country’s workforce in 2013, and competition for jobs becomes intense for these returning heroes.