The Swiftwater Awareness Online course provides participants with the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe when they encounter a water incident, including moving water.
The course is appropriate for any emergency responder (Fire Service, Law Enforcement, EMS, Public Works, and National Guard) that could find themselves within 10 feet of the water’s edge during a swiftwater or flood incident. Swiftwater is defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as water moving at a rate that exceeds one knot or approximately 1.15 miles per hour (mph). By comparison, the average walking pace is 3.3 mph.
This course reviews proper safety at a swiftwater incident and how responders can safely stay away from the hazards that such incidents pose to citizens and emergency responders. Participants will learn the importance of scene safety and management, and general hazards. This online course teaches all the knowledge and skills required to perform at the Awareness level according to NFPA 1670.
Awareness level courses are designed for responders who require the skills necessary to recognize and support a swiftwater incident but this course does not provide any training to conduct or manage a swiftwater rescue incident. This online awareness course provides an overview of specific rescue situations and precautions that responders should utilize on scene of a swiftwater incident.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
In order to complete this course, you must have:
- Internet connection (broadband connection recommended)
- A current web browser (i.e., Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari, etc.) To prevent issues during your online class, be sure that your web browser is updated to the latest version available.
- Current versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash loaded on your computer.
To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.
TopicsRecognize the need for water search and rescue +Implementing the assessment phase+Identifying the resources necessary to conduct safe and effective water operations+Implementing the emergency response system for water incidents+Implementing site control and scene management+Recognizing general hazards and water conditions associated with water incidents+Personal protective and team equipment+Basic shore-based search techniques
- Fire Department Responders
- Law Enforcement Personnel
- Emergency Medical Services Personnel
- Public Works Personnel
- Volunteers Organizations Active in Disasters
- County/State/Federal Responders
- National Guard and DOD Personnel
- Public Health and Health Care Workers