Our teams thoughts and prayer go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. We saw many sad but also heroic and heartwarming moments. We helped all we could, took every mission handed to us and actively pursued (correctly through the EOC) additional missions. What impacted me the most was the determination and steadfast resolve that Texans will prevail and for the vast majority, do it with strength, dignity and empathy and consideration for others around them. They are suffering, yet everyday we witnessed them donating to others. To the fuel owner at the Shell station located at hwy 62 & I-10 to the Citgo that swept me out the door when I tried to buy some supplies, to the Manager at the Walmart in Vidor, TX. Their appreciation and support was overwhelming.
On August 29, 2017 at approximately 2200hrs Gulf States Dive and Rescue arrived at the Orange Co. Texas Emergency Operations Center to offer, at no charge or expected compensation, to assist them with flood rescue of their citizens.
Much like after Hurricane Katrina, the major city was demanding the attention of everyone. Their population, geography, continued precipitation and many other factors required it.
But also like Katrina, that left some of the outer lying areas uncovered and at risk, and in need of extra resources. After consulting weather maps, storm tracking, monitoring web channels dedicated to rescue to identify clusters and trends, and considering the weather we were traveling into, myself and Alan Novak, who was working navigation and external communications from New Orleans, agreed that Orange, TX is where we should offer our assistance.
Our team was the first to arrive while traveling through thunderous conditions from New Orleans, LA. When we arrived, the EOC staff said they were expecting another fire department and the military to arrive in a couple of hours. Later, we learned that the teams only a couple of hours behind us had to be turned back secondary to flooding and the military was going to have to start landing helos in the parking lot.
Our 11 man, 5 boat team consisted of:
5 Certified Rescue Boat operators
6 Certified Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technicians with additional Operations personel
6 Rescue Swimmers
1 Certified Swift Water/Flood Rescue, Rescue Boat Operations, Rescue Swimmer 3
Mission Dates: Aug 29 - Sept 2 2017
No injuries. no damage.
Areas of Operations:
S. Terry Rd and FM1442 Orange Co, TX
Part of Cow Bayou Area
South to Hwy 105
Pine Forrest area from Stephenson St and N Main, south with heavy operations through the W Tram and Pine St areas continuing south to I-10.
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Rescue Boat Skills Example
Gulf States Dive and Rescue has the experience coordinating Marine Safety for large productions feature films as well as large sporting and public awareness events.
Rescue Boat Operations
Meets both FEMA and NIMS guidelines and credentialing. Covers both static and moving water rescue boat tactics. Recreational Basic Boater Safety Course is required as a pre-requisite.
_Trained thousands of PSDA PADI, AHA ASHI Students
_ Dozens of missions in named storms and on unnamed missions
_ Movies/TV/Videos Safety
_ Live event Marine Safety
_ Public Safety dives including the successful recovery of a U.S. Naval Aviator.
Simply put... Experience
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We will be working with the New Orleans Philharomonic Orchestra April 8th 2017
FREE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY and CE hrs
NFPA 1006. 1670. POST, OSHA, ANSI, RSTC and WRTC compliant training, meeting goals for certification and licensing requirements
Congratulations to NCIS: New Orleans for getting picked up for their FOURTH Season! We are very proud to be their Marine Safety team for the last 3 seasons and look forward to next season!
Recreational to Public Safety Diving, we have you covered. Public Safety Diver, Dry Suit, Underwater Crime Scene Preservation, Deep, Underwater Nav, Search & Recovery, Night and Boat Diving, among other specialties and opportunities.
Rescue Swimmer 3 Sept 5-6 NOLA, LA
SWFR Tech: Aug 27 Operations
Rescue Boat Refresher: Sept 8 NOLA, LA
NOLA Stairclimb: Sept 9 NOLA, LA
Flood Rescue Scenario: Sept 14, Tangipahoa Parish
Gulf South made, Louisiana based - Located in the New Orleans, LA area! Est 2009
Schedule is being reworked to meet the needs of our clients based on their backfill and overtime needs. Please call to confirm dates.
Up coming public safety & social events:
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Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technician
Rescue Swimmer 3
Industrial Water Safety Programs
Gulf States Dive and Rescue can provide first aid as well as a advanced life support services on land or at your marine location.
Water Rescue Training, Deployment, and Equipment
Office: 504 362 5731 Fax: 504-361-4884
Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary product update of select Powerline inflators. Powerline inflators are found on all Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensators and the Apeks Black Ice Buoyancy Compensator. If you have purchased an Aqua Lung BCD/Apeks Black Ice since January 1, 2015, it will need to be inspected to determine if it meets the specific criteria and requires updating. Aqua Lung is concerned that a failure may occur during a dive, causing the Powerline to continue inflating after the inflation button has been released, increasing the potential of an uncontrolled ascent. While there have been reports of this occurring underwater, there have not been any reported injuries and Aqua Lung believes that a voluntary safety notice is the safe and prudent thing to do.
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In the health care environment, American Heart Association CPR is more than simply compressions on a chest and airway management. It's about recognition, understanding the process, personal and by-stander safety, communications, organization and implementation of skills and knowledge that is updated just about every five years. Would you accept a CPR course from one of your subordinates provided by Joe Blow and Ricky Rescue simply because they "say" it's a good course?
A Certification vs Certificate of Participation or a Certificate of Course Completion, gives an individual or department the confidence that what was learned in the class they took from us is the most up to date, proven information meeting recognized international standards and shared by other First Responders whom you may have to work next to in a mutual aid environment.
We provide experienced based, proven training that, barring any experience driven critical changes, will be very similar to the training thousands of other First Responders throughout the area have received from us.
Would you take SCUBA lessons from someone who called himself an instructor, created his own class, but was uncertified to teach anyone? His or her course completely unrecognized by any of the various national and international organizations? How will you feel about that 130ft below the surface?
isn't Peace Officer Standards Training, literally training on recognized standards that POST certified L.E.s must abide by? Are those instructors certified instructors?
Is Fire Fighter One a certification course? EMT/Paramedic programs?
Ask to meet the instructor. When you do, ask him or her to bring:
If you plan to take additional training, build on this training later or need refresher training and your uncertified instructor or unrecognized organization falls by the wayside, who will accept your training? PSDA is an internationally recognized training agency and we have been teaching with them for 13 years. Neither agencies accept unrecognized training without backing from a reputable agency or author.