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.
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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.
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).
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?
WE NOW HAVE GIFT CERTIFICATES!