Emergency Response

Ice Rescue Technician

Course Summary

"Go" rescue for frozen bodies of water.

This 2 day course is valuable training for emergency responders who may have to venture onto surface ice to perform a rescue. In a rescue situation, it is already clear that the ice is unsafe, and therefore this course does not spend a lot of time on ice formation and determining it's strength. Rather, the emphasis is on self rescue and the full range of techniques and specialized equipment that can be used for rescuing others. The curriculum also includes the significant medical considerations for patient packaging and extrication posed by cold water immersion.

This course also includes an overview of skills and knowledge necessary for responding to incidents on surface ice over moving water, but for those who can expect a high frequency of callouts on large volume rivers with open leads, we suggest adding our Advanced single day to this two-day IRT course.

Note: This course is the standard-of-care for emergency responders who respond to incidents on surface ice. It meets and exceeds the NFPA 1670 and 1006 Standards.

Course Details

Duration

2 days (16 hours)

Format

1 day classroom, 1 day on the ice

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
Price

$399

Recertification

Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Drysuit, survival suit, or thick (5mm+) wetsuit*
  • Personal Flotation Device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sport helmet*

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Surface Ice Safety & Rescue Field Guide
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the Instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number and date of certification
  • Registration in Rescue 3 International's database (guaranteed record-keeping)
  • Certificate of Completion
FAQ

For more details about surface ice rescue courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Surface Ice Rescue FAQ.

Ice Rescue Course Outline

Day 1 - Classroom

  • Rescue Philosophy
  • Overview NFPA standards (optional)
  • Size up
  • Management, team organization, and pre-planning
  • Medical considerations of cold injuries (cold water immersion, hypothermia, etc.)
  • Ice processes, formation and properties
  • Rescuer safety
  • Gear and equipment
  • Communications and signals
  • Animal handling (optional)
  • Knots, hitches and special rope considerations

Day 2 - On Ice

  • Walking, snowmobiling and driving on ice
  • Ice staff
  • Self rescue techniques including use of ice picks
  • Shore-based rescue techniques
  • Anchoring and mechanical advantage
  • Go rescues including live bait
  • Continuous loop
  • Sled or boat-based techniques
  • Using mechanical advantage on heavy loads

Day 3 - Optional on ice Advanced add-on

ICE TRAINING

Dec 6-7

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Canmore, AB
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Dec 10-11

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Busby, AB ( Camp Nakamun)
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Jan 9-10

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Edmonton, AB
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Jan 12-13

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Thunder Bay, ON
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Darren Anderson
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Huge "thank you" to Ron Morrison, Rob Vance & Chris Burnham for a fantastic week of Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician training. Your professionalism, dedication, knowledge and passion for your profession is second to none.

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