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Water Rescue in the Fire Service:

What you need to know!


Webinar Date:

June 27, 2018 11:30amET 


Deputy Fire Chief David Jephson, Terrace Fire Department




David has been a member of the Terrace Fire Department for the past 26 years. He started as a volunteer in 1991 and has since worked his way up through the floor in all positions. He is currently looking after all training and operations for his composite Fire Department. Since 1991 he has also been a member of the Terrace Search and Rescue team were he is a Search Manager and Instructor. Since 1994 he has been an Instructor for Dive Rescue International and is currently the only Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in Canada.


With all the opportunities to teach around the country, he has started to present many water rescue topic at different conferences. He spoke at the World Drowning prevention Conference in Malaysia in 2015, at FDIC 2016 and then The BC Fire Chiefs in Richmond, BC .  David was called as an Expert Witness for a drowning death of a search and rescue member in 2011 and has been speaking openly about changes that need to be made by Fire Departments across the country..    


Webinar Synopsis:

Fire Departments around the country are doing some sort of water rescue activities or have though about it, have they made the correct decision, and do they understand the risks that are associated with this decision. We have seen many 1 st Responders perish while preforming their duties, some in training and more during calls. We know that Municipalities have paid fines, Chiefs have lost their jobs and now we see trainers or instructors being charged for incidents that have gone wrong. Hard decisions need to be made about using the correct equipment, training to the right standards and having good SOG's that protect the department and its members.




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