Level II – Ice Rescue Technician

Arctic Response provides Level II – Ice Rescue Technician training for first responders.  This training qualifies rescue personnel to use methods up to and including entering the water to effect rescue.  Training at the Operations (support to Ice Rescue operations) and Level I – Technician (non-entry rescue methods) are also available.

All Arctic Response Ice Safety and Rescue programs train extensively for working on ice over moving water; i.e. rivers.  However, we consider the practice of training students in swift flowing, partially  ice covered water to be unnecessarily high risk and not justifiable for the limited training value of being retrieved in current.  In our opinion, training to probe forward, set up and use mechanical advantage systems and respond to persons through ice on still water is highly effective for persons falling into still or moving water.  The tragedies of students drowning under ice in 2010 and again in 2015 underscores the sensibility of our policy.

This training fully meets and exceeds NFPA 1006 and 1670.

Course Content

  • Hydrology, ice formation and decay
  • Ice analysis and bearing strengths
  • Area of Operations (AOR) pre-plans
  • Ice rescue equipment and PPE options
  • Rescue equipment and PPE care and maintenance
  • Availability, capabilities and limitations of local resources
  • Activation methods, communications and signals
  • Principles of safe movement over ice
  • Principles of staging equipment on ice
  • Scene size up and hazard analysis
  • Incident Command and rescue plan development
  • Movement over ice by foot, snowmobile or vehicle
  • Self-rescue
  • Swimming techniques and hazards
  • Shore based rescues
  • Non-entry method rescues
  • Water entry method rescues
  • Patient extrication from cold water
  • Post rescue care for victims of of cold water immersion and cold water drowning

Course Duration: 2 Days – Additional training days may be programmed to include additional leadership training, comprehensive rehearsals of department pre-plans and specific high risk scenarios.