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Which PSD certifying agency most NFPA?

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by mason, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. mason

    mason Angel Fish

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    Might be a moot question, but our department is looking to become a Type 3 FEMA (NIMS) agency. So far, I know of ERDI, RDI, IANTD as certifying PSD's. That's just after a few minutes of searching. FEMA requires that the agency be "certified" PSD, but they also state that "Standardized training needs to be developed" (based on NFPA standards).

    With that, which of these agencies are most closely aligned with NFPA?

    That is going to be our main justification for the time and expenses.

    Thanks.
     
  2. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

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    Try a search of the board and you'll find lots on this.

    The biggest players are DRI and LGS. TDI also has a program now. I've never heard of RDI or ERDI - what are they?
     
  3. mason

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    ERDi (my mistake) is Emergency Response Diving International. It's TDI/SDIs new program. RDI is my screwed up version of DRI (sorry!). Reason I'm asking, is I figured someone who's taken one of these programs would know how closely NFPA 1670 & 1006 are followed. Our justification has to include that the program complies with those standards.
     
  4. mason

    mason Angel Fish

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    Also, I just want to be clear that I'm not trying to get a battle started here. If no one has any info, I could always call the agencies myself. BTW, after a search, not much about NFPA could be located.
     
  5. BladesRobinson

    BladesRobinson ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There is no grounds for a battle since all of the professional PSD training agencies work together in promoting diver safety.

    I wanted to mention that Fred Jackson is the author of most of the NFPA / Water Rescue standards and is consultant to Dive Rescue International. He speaks at the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS) annual meetings to get feed back and direction from the public safety diving community. Dive Rescue International is an IADRS corporate sponsor and founded the non-profit association in 1977. You will see that NFPA standards are followed by Dive Rescue International and the IADRS.

    If you look at the NIMS document for Water Rescue, you will find that Dive Rescue International was the only agency providing input. If you want a copy of that document, please e-mail me direct (offlist) so I can reply with a PDF attachment. My e-mail address is:
    blades robinson @ aol . com (take out the spaces)

    Blades Robinson
     
  6. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

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    Hey no problem. Some of these PSD agencies are popping up all over the place I thought a missed a few is all.
     

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