SWIFTWATER UNIT MEMBERS
KELLY GROSSETETE – UNIT LEADER
LAELJON KNOWLES – SWIFTWATER TECHNICIAN
BOB LAWRENCE – SWIFTWATER TECHNICIAN
MUTUAL AID AGENCIES
STEVE HARRIS – Rio Grande Restoration
JUSTIN DEAN – BLM
ADAM HURT – BLM
BARRY WEINSTOCK – BLM
RANDY ROCH – BLM
GAYLE TYREE – BLM
The purpose of the TSAR Siftwater Unit is to act as a resource for rescues that occur in water. The TSAR Swiftwater Unit will be knowledgeable in safety procedures pertaining to rescue in aquatic, and particularly river systems. The Unit will be capable of operating the equipment necessary for completing a rescue in or in proximity to water. The TSAR Swiftwater Unit will maintain a basic knowledge of medical emergencies common to water-related injuries. The TSAR Swiftwater Unit will acknowledge and respect the potential danger that is inherent in working in and near water and pledge to keep themselves and their teammates safe.
Members of the TSAR Swiftwater Unit will be expected to attend regular meetings both in the field and in the classroom, pertaining to Swiftwater safety and rescue techniques. Members of the Unit must complete a Swiftwater Technician Certification before being allowed to participate in active missions in a boat or the water.
The TSAR Swiftwater Unit will train as a Unit in the field and/or classroom every other week from March to November, on a day decided by availability of Unit Members. Classroom trainings will take place once a month December, January, and February. The Swiftwater Unit will train at least once a year with the Technical Rescue Unit, the K9 Unit, and the Medical Unit. Through trainings with these other units, the Swiftwater Unit will be expected to learn: technical rope setups applicable to river rescues; practice working with the K9 unit in boats and on shore, and become familiar with common-related injuries, including drowning and hypothermia, and what basic care is required.
There are extensive equipment needs for the TSAR Swiftwater Unit to be operational, including personal protective gear and team rescue gear. TSAR will provide water craft and technical rescue gear (including throw bags and ropes/pulleys for Z-drag and Tyrolean systems). Some personal protective gear may be available through TSAR (e.g. helmets and PFDs). However, it is recommended that Unit Members eventually purchase their own helmets, whistles, personal floatation device (PFDs), and wet/dry suits if they plan on working in the water.
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- Any person working directly in the water will be a strong swimmer.
- No individual on or acting with the/Swiftwater Unit will ever be required to perform an action that they feel unqualified for, or that otherwise makes them feel unsafe.