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ERD Confined Space Operations

The ERDI Confined Space Operations component is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for limited confined space operations in emergency response conditions. This course complies with NFPA 1006 and 1670, OSHA, and FEMA for water rescue.

Who this course is for:

  • Any ERD II certified member of a public safety dive team who responds to operations in/near swift water found in high hills, mountain areas or in flash flood areas
  • Any ERD II certified member of a public safety dive team who responds to calls in rural and urban environments where water may be moving swiftly
  • Any ERD II certified public safety dive team member who would like to further educate themselves on the risks and procedures involved in swift water incidents

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Current CPR, first aid and oxygen administration certification
  • Certified ERD II or equivalent
  • An active member of a recognized emergency service or public safety dive team

What you can expect to learn:

  • Emergency procedures and types of penetration lines
    • Tether rescues and assists
    • Use of safety reels and spools for locating a lost buddy
    • Use of safety reels and spools for locating a lost exit
  • Communications
    • Proper techniques for using hand signals
    • Proper techniques for using line signals
    • Proper fullface mask communications
  • Hazards of confined spaces
    • Disorientation
    • Reduced visibility
    • Entrapment and entanglement
    • Loss of gas supply
    • Line traps or tether entanglement
  • Potential hazards
    • Contaminants on the surface
    • Contaminants inside a wreck
    • Glass windows/doors
    • Wrecking moving/unsettled
  • Contingency planning
    • Chamber locations
    • Communications
    • Emergency gases
    • Emergency procedures

What’s in it for you and your team?

  • After successful completion of the ERD II Confined Space Ops program, responders may engage in limited confined space operations similar to their training.

ERD Confined Space Operations Course minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Complete all field exercises, and confined and open water requirements safely and efficiently
  • Minimum score of 80 percent on the ERD II Confined Space Course written examination, with 100 percent remediation

How to take this course!

pdf Course Standards & Procedures

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