Beyond Cold Water Bootcamp

First Responders

In November 2010, the frigid waters of Lake Ontario became the stage for an advanced training event, specifically geared towards First Responders, called Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp.

This training focused on the dangers of Circum-rescue Collapse, a little-known phenomenon that complicates every cold water rescue. Too often, victims rescued from cold water actually collapse and die even when rescue is imminent, underway, or after the rescue itself.

 However, once on the scene, there is an essential factor that can significantly minimize the probability of Circum-rescue Collapse:

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 THE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES USED BY THE FIRST RESPONDER

This section is designed to give all First Responders the same powerful skill sets and practical tools that the Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp participants learned:

  • Extraction: Techniques for extraction according to boat type and equipment available
  • Transport: Principles, techniques, and equipment for moving a hypothermic victim
  • Diagnosis & Treatment: Signs of hypothermia and the proper treatment for it