PTSD and Public Safety: Part 2

Do you know what to look for in your fellow public safety team member to know that they may be struggling with their mental health? There can often be a feeling of shame around mental health issues, but this doesn’t have to be the case. How can we serve our community heroes by helping them decrease the rate of stress-related disorders among them?

Jack of Many Trades: Today’s Firefighter

When people think of firefighters they may only think of one job. What folks may not realize is that our firefighters are often playing a huge role in keeping our communities safe when accidents happen. They are our first responders and teachers in the community

Because Miracles Happen

The goal of a public safety diver is to save lives without losing one of their own. We can all agree that working in public safety is no joke. It’s a job that takes a lot of physical and mental training. While public safety officers are expected to do their jobs but are often to be left thankless when a life is lost.

Do You Need a Refresher as a PSD?

Think about it, how long have you been a public safety diver? Keep that going, how long has it been since you took a public safety diving course? Most importantly, how do you know when it’s time for a refresher?
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Getting Funding in the Private Public Safety World

Public safety diving isn’t like any other type of diving. Teams are constantly figuring out where their next dollar is coming from and beyond that, how to use it in a way that benefits their team the most. Let’s take a look at how private public safety companies can succeed at business while making public safety divers’ jobs safer and more efficient.
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Electronic Comm Systems and Their Weak Link (Hint: It’s You!)

Many Public Safety Divers take issue with their full face masks from time to time. We get it, equipment can fail, but are you taking the proper precautions to makes sure you’re not hurrying along this process?
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You’ll Be Surprised What Firefighters Can Do with the Right Training and Dive Gear

What is the difference between firefighters and public safety divers? Easy, one fights fires and one dives into the water to rescue victims or recover evidence. Now let's think about their gear and training... Both parties require an air supply and both parties would never allow an individual off the street to jump in to bring someone to safety.

Victim Care for Ice Rescue Operations

Professional surface ice rescue technicians must have an understanding of victim physiology when attempting to rescue an individual that is immersed in freezing water.

How Diving Helped Me Even After The System Didn’t

The first time I got to just enjoy a dive and not have to do any practical exercises, I was with Air Hogs Scuba helping them train the Durham County Sheriff’s Office search and recovery team. 

Health and Fitness Pt. 7

Diving in and of itself is an inherently dangerous sport. However, for Public Safety Divers that danger is multiplied exponentially due to the environment in which we dive in, the specialized equipment we use, and the stress of the actual reason we are diving to begin with.

Rivers VS Ocean Currents

What influences currents? Where do they come from? How do they affect our planning and execution? What hazards am I looking at and for? These are some of the questions I ask myself when I am trying to understand what we face in various places with different bodies of water.

PTSD and Public Safety Part 1

First responders – EMS, firefighters, police, and search-and-rescue teams (including divers) – are the public safety professionals who come running when there’s an emergency. Who helps them when they're struggling?