About the IUCRR
The IUCRR (International Underwater Cave Rescue & Recovery) is an international, not for profit, all-volunteer, public service and educational organization registered in the state of Florida.
The mission of the IUCRR is to support all Public Safety Agencies, and work within their Incident Command System, in the rescue and/or recovery of victims in an underwater-overhead environment (environments partially or fully underwater with an overhead obstruction such as shipwrecks, caves, caverns, mine shafts, etc., and includes virtual overhead environments requiring mandatory decompression ceilings as well).
The all-volunteer IUCRR team consists of Regional Coordinators who are trained to work within the Incident Command system to assist law enforcement agencies -- at their request -- with the rescue and/or recovery of divers who have entered an underwater overhead environment, and not returned within their allotted time. Each Regional Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a current list of qualified recovery divers in their area. These divers must be certified by a recognized cave diving organization to dive in underwater overhead environments, and attend an IUCRR course before being placed on the call-out list for rescues/recoveries. They must be qualified to dive in the environments involved before they are put to use by the law enforcement agencies.
The IUCRR was founded in 1999, but it's origins began at the 1982 NSS-CDS (National Speleological Society - Cave Diving Section) cave diving workshop, held in Branford, Florida.
The IUCRR is governed by a Board of Directors and a Law Enforcement Oversight Board (LEOB). The Oversight Board consists of Law Enforcement Officers that are Certified Cave Divers and trained in the management of a rescue and/or recovery operation. The organization has a world-wide resource list of trained volunteer rescue/recovery divers. They are available by contacting the appropriate IUCRR Regional Coordinator listed on the Regional Coordinator List page http://iucrr.org/regional-coordinator-list.html
IUCRR call out information (www.iucrr.org)
If you have an emergency, you may do any one or all of the following:
1. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Contact, via email (and/or phone, if provided), the Regional Coordinator in your area.
3. If your area is not covered, then call or send email to the Director and/or to the Assistant Director.
Director: Ken Hill (home) 863-686-8285
Assistant Director: Dick Schwalm (765 354-9550 M-F or 765 620-0933 weekends)
Public Safety and Military Diver Enhanced Propulsion Techniques (7 Days) ... $2500 per team
Traditionally, public safety and military diver training has been a "grunge" activity. Tough men and women with patches or insignia on their jackets or uniforms have muscled through body and evidence recovery or underwater insertion and extraction with low end skills.
Trace can teach your team a better way. He is a Rescue/Recovery Surface Operations Manager and Recovery Diver with the International Underwater Cave Rescue & Recovery teams, an all-volunteer public safety diving and educational organization. As a cave diving instructor and former training director for PDIC and PSAI, Trace has worked with federal, state, and local PSD teams and military divers around the world.
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