Leadership

Be Sure to Save Your Own Life During Water Rescue Work

Issue 7 and Volume 133.

Be Sure to Save Your Own Life During Water Rescue Work departments The Volunteers Corner One of the real tragedies of the fire service is the loss of a fire fighter during a water rescue effort. What makes this loss of life even more tragic is that frequently adequate safety precautions are not instituted when fire fighters leave land for the water. Many fire departments operate “rescue” boats that essentially are rowboats—sometimes with an outboard motor but still rowboats. Every fire fighter who gets into such a boat should wear a life jacket. That is a must for rescue work—even on a calm day that makes the local park pleasure puddle look like glass. It’s too late to prepare for the unexpected after it happens and nobody can tell you what may happen during a water rescue. Remember, a life jacket is a form of insurance against your becoming part…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now