Ice Rescue Training

Ice Rescue of Animals and Humans

Every year people and animals fall through iced-over ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Unfortunately, in many cases, human life is lost trying to save an animal that has fallen through the ice. This first responder ice rescue training is a technician level class that will help responders and rescuers know how to affect a rescue without becoming a victim themselves.

Topics Include
Techniques used for human and animal rescue from cold or ice covered water
Instruction in how to use normally available and specialized ice rescue equipment
Self-rescue techniques
Techniques specific to animal rescue – taught, performed and practiced
Safety considerations

This two-day ice rescue class is designed for first responders, fire and rescue workers, animal control officers, humane officers, animal welfare workers, law enforcement officers, veterinary professionals and anyone who may be called to assist animals in trouble. This ice rescue technician class meets NFPA requirements for firefighter training.

Ice Rescue, taught by certified instructors, is certified through Rescue 3 International. Depending on the class location, this course may be taught in partnership with Colorado State University for certification; please contact us for verification. If the course is offered in partnership with CSU, upon successful completion students will receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for continuing education credits from Colorado State University. Veterinary professionals may apply to receive CEUs from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The Ice Rescue faculty may include Kim Little, Jim Boller, Nan M. Stuart, Eric Thompson and Kelsey the wonder dog.

Equipment Necessary for Class
1. Personal flotation device (PFD)
2. Full dry suit with insulated under garment protection
3. Thick-soled water booties or sneakers
4. Water or climbing helmet (this must cover the back of the head and drain water)
5. Heavy/sturdy gloves for water
6. Hiking boots
The PFD, dry suit and helmet can be rented from Code 3. Please contact us for details.

Dates, Location, Cost

Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a class in your area

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