Water Rescue Training, Deployment, and Equipment

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​​Gulf States Dive and Rescue

August 2017 Gulf States Dive and Rescue traveled to Orange Co, TX. after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. We were the first flood rescue resource to arrive at the Emergency Operations Center. We brought  five boat teams and a technical  swift water rescue team that consisted of certified Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technicians, Rescue Boat Operators, Rescue Swimmers, SWFR Instructor and a Louisiana Emergency Manager with 25 years of flood experience as a paramedic and active water rescue coordination.

According to TXTF-1, FLDWF and Military TF Leaders, this is the first time that a private company or organization has ever provided certified, properly equipped front line rescue resources utilizing and folding into the I.C. structure at no additional cost to the community. Something we are very proud of.

Although, we were working in the same capacity during Gustave in 2008 when we were tied to NOFD. This is just the first time we were autonomous and gained some outside recognition. I feel compelled to say, we did not work as wildcat teams. Although our organization volunteered to respond, we are formally trained and certified in this rescue discipline, ICS, including 300 & 400, FEMA wide area search and others. We reported to, and worked with OCEOC.

April 2017- Gulf States Dive and Rescue supports the performing arts in New Orleans, Louisiana by providing water safety. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra played a free concert on Lake Pontchartrain New Orleans, LA. (estimated 2000 people, dozens of boats participating as well as watching and enjoying the show).

We are motivated and most of all dedicated, to helping the community around us. This involves several community out reach programs such as our latest: kiDz iN Da poOl (tm) progam. 

Gulf States Dive and Rescue's over all mission is to reduce the burden of government by providing experienced based training, marine safety management, resources and equipment with the goal of saving lives faster, more efficiently and more safely for the First Responders and the victims.  This is what we do for multi million dollar productions and sporting events in our "real jobs". With you as part of our team, we can do more for the public. There is no such thing as unlimited resources and we can bring more trained assets.   

Consider this: A levee, lock, dam or flood gate failure into populous causes flooding of a moderate neighborhood, of say 400 homes. According to recent census data, there are approximately. three persons per household. Since Hurricane Katrina, pets must also be allowed to evacuate with their owners. That's four souls per residence. That's approximately 1600 souls, some with special needs, some may need to be extricated or could need immediate medical transport that will reduce the max number a boat can take per trip, or delay that boat. Of course many homes may have many more, or less, than four people and pets.

According to many of the capacity plates of the rescue boats I have seen and trained next to in Louisiana and Mississippi, their max capacity is six to eight.  Lets say eight. Now subtract three spots for a recommended, properly teamed boat.  That's room for five souls, maybe with personal belongings. Sixteen hundred victims divided by five victims equals 320 trips (1600/5= 320 or 640 each way) or 160 trips for two boats or 80 trips for four boats. Those rescue boats could have to make many of those trips in the dark, rain, possibly scorching temperatures or maybe even snow (that's what happened in Ferguson, NV)

If you estimate a 20 min ride, that's 213 hrs for one rescue boat crew.

Of course some evacuations will take less than 20 min. But most will be significantly longer the further we get from the launch and as conditions change or as obstructions become more prominent.

While many cities have multiple rescue options, many more outlying areas do not. That's where we can help.

But we need your help. For many departments and areas in Louisiana, as well as around the Gulf Coast, parishes and counties are experiencing floods for the first time in their, or in many cases their parents, life time.

There is no such thing as unlimited resources, training, equipment or organization. Up keep of marine rescue equipment is complex and expensive, as is the training.

We can help and we can do it safely and quickly.

When we responded to Plaquemines Parish's pleas for help for their levee flooding after Hurricane Ike, we arrived two hours before the FEMA team arrived. After Hurricane Harvey, we arrived at our location approximately 5 hours before other teams arrived.

Many problems that arise during an aquatic crisis do so because the people around that event don't know what to do, what to expect, or how to access help around the water or how to provide help to someone in distress in the water. 

Our programs, classes, flood rescue scenarios, community out reach is all about bringing a broader awareness and understanding to flood victims and rescuers.  When things go bad, the public should also know that a state or community is utilizing all of the resources available to them, not just during the flood or after, but well before, utilizing PSAs and youth education. 

Gulf States Dive and Rescue has been a positive business promoting safety around the water to civilians and training first responders in rescue in the New Orleans, LA area since 2008. But our members have recoveries, rescues and received accolades from much further back. 

PLEASE HELP any way you can. Either through our volunteer corps, operational equipment or vehicles you may no longer need, or through a much appreciated tax deductible financial donation.


The Crew at Gulf States Dive and Rescue

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More about kiDz iN Da poOl (tm) progam.

​This variable timed, usually one and a half hour program puts kids into two very different aquatic environments of water safety and exploration with an emphasis on staying in school and using these same skills to excel in life. Groups are divided in two. While one group learns how to care for themselves around the water, as well as how to help someone in distress in the water that could be much larger than them, the other group uses SCUBA to explore and play underwater games in a stand-up environment. SCUBA is a great way to explore and learn about underwater archeology, ichthyology, public safety, biology and much more! Some age restrictions do apply. 

​ St Tammany Parish Sheriffs Department  Polar Plunge Fund raiser for the Louisiana Special Olympics 

Can you help US, help the community?

March 2017 Gulf States Dive and Rescue was an "In Kind Sponsor" for the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge hosted by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Office for Special Olympics Louisiana . First, we provided a  water safety team for the groups participating in the Plunge. Then, at the end, participated ourselves! We can do even more to support even more great charities, with your help!

Volunteer! Simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you! Thanks! *We are currently looking for Program Coordinator to help with our kiDz programz (TM).

​​​More about our Hurricane Harvey response to Texas

September 2017 Gulf States Dive and Rescue designed, created, executed and “refereed” the largest scenario based Residential Flood Rescue Exercise in the state, possibly the Gulf south. This training brought real life challenges to First Responders to expand their experience and judgment in a fast moving flood crisis.  We coordinated directly with the Tangipahoa Parish Fire Administrator and the Tangipahoa Parish Emergency Operations Center. It involved Fire, EMS, several law enforcement, animal control units, evacuation buses, two air med services with lily pad, the United States Coast Guard and over a dozen outside emergency response agencies. There were over 400 first responders,  almost 100 volunteers, dozens of rescue boats and 15 unique flood rescue "challenges”, such as roof entrapment, leap frogging platforms, HAZMAT and many others that First Responder had to negotiate.

Our organization's endurance, experience and judgment in the field has earned respect and accolades both as a not for profit utilized through government requests as well as a resource for private requests and the general public. We have never accepted donations from the loved ones' of those we've helped. Besides the Star of Life Award received in 2006 for flood rescue after Hurricane Katrina, GSDR, or its founders, have been mentioned in several publications both internationally and locally pertaining specifically  to aquatic rescue, marine safety or education. Our organization provides respected & dedicated speakers, speaking on local and national levels to bring awareness, understanding and practical application to flood and aquatic rescue response to civilians, petro-chem/ corporations and First Responders. (LANREMT-2009, Galveston Police Dive Academy- 2006, LA Nursing Assoc. 2016, International Disaster Conference and Expo- 2017)

Gulf States Dive and Rescue is currently looking for a volunteer coordinator to help build our new kiDz iN Da poOl (TM)  program in 2018. Time and goals are negotiable. If you're interested, please give us a shout.  

Want to help us continue our community outreach?

​Learn more about our second scenario based Residential Flood Rescue Exercise created for Tangipahoa Parish Fire Department and Emergency Operations Center.