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Greetings everyone from the land of Oz. Just would like to say hi to everyone, I've been reading the forums for a little over a year now, but have never sent out a thread till now. I am new to the public Safety diving scene but we don't get much action out here. Up until a couple months ago, the only diving I had got to do was recreational, cuz the diver's on our rescue squad was a good ol' boys club. (Kinda confusing).
I'm a member of a Public Safety Dept. as a Vol. FF, which is part of a County wide rescue squad. Then, our new Chief decided that he wanted a Dive team, so...we got a dive team (ok, not in the sence of some of the members here). We need lots of training, i know. I've heard that over and over again. But until we can get that training from professionals, we're still responsible for our area. We're gonna be doing some training, but I need some help. :icon4:
Does any one have training manuals, SOP's, SOG's, anything that I can get my hands on would help greatly!!! I've seen and ordered a couple books off the Internet. But I think info from real departments we do us more good than anything.
Greetings everyone from the land of Oz. Just would like to say hi to everyone, I've been reading the forums for a little over a year now, but have never sent out a thread till now.
Scott Stueven FF/MICT
Glad you decided to participate! We have a very active PSD forum here, with lots of good information and lots of "war stories".
Did you know, by the way, that 98% of the rescue and recovery work in the U.S.A. is done by volunteer teams? They are usually associated with Fire Departments, or Police Departments, but they are still, by far and away, volunteers. (The really lucky ones get paid!)
Don't be shy. Just ask your questions, and you'll get all sorts of answers. Remember, the only silly question is one that is NOT asked.
Keep your SOP, Policy manual or whatever you want to call it simple. Getting to sophisticated can mean trouble down the road.
Good luck getting started and I hope you don’t get busy. Not busy is a good thing in this business.
Read what Rob wrote, good advice. I'm one of the lucky ones. I sort of did it for free but it has always been part of my job. About 10 years ago they decided to give us a "Special Duty" pay. K-9, SRU, Divers, FTO and a few others get a wopping, drum roll, 50 cents an hour. Not shattering to the tax man but it's nice.
I’ve got a dive buddy on the OPPD dive team so send me a message if you’d like some info on what they have working there. Since they have both paid and volunteer fire departments in their city they are probably experienced working with both.