Tasking of public safety divers centers around law enforcement, search, rescue and recovery duties across a broad range of underwater environments. Initial diver training classes and skills maintenance drills serve to ensure that operational demands are safety and effectively met. Adding to the safety dynamic should be a commitment to good physical conditioning and ongoing medical fitness to dive.
Medical pre-screening of divers prior to entering the water minimizes risks of adverse events. Assessing them upon surfacing will provide early identification of accidents or injuries, allowing prompt working diagnoses, effective on-scene stabilization and management, medical control physician liaison and optimal destination planning, where additional diagnosis and care appears indicated.
This program represents the most comprehensive training available for the embedded public safety dive team medic to achieve the above goals. Content serves to standardize on-scene medical responsibilities and meets compliance requirements of the National Fire Protection Associated Standards as they relate to the medical aspects of public safety diving.
Each course is taught by nationally recognized emergency medicine and diving medicine subject matter experts. Physician team members hold board certification in both emergency medicine as well as undersea and hyperbaric medicine and are closely associated with EMS teams, including EMS medical director positions.
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Updated September 5, 2020