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Sample Water Rescue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

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Reviewed Date: May 15, 2020

Original Author: 
Wolf, Dennis
Date of Material: 
Aug 8, 2017


Sample Water Rescue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

MTAS has created three sample water rescue standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cities to revise and adopt for their use. SOP 1 establishes a standard structure and guideline for all fire department personnel operating at incidents involving water rescue operations. SOP 2 provides procedures and guidance when responding to emergency calls involving a water rescue incident while ensuring the safety and well-being of both rescuers and victims. SOP 3 addresses procedures detailing operation of agency boats and watercraft.


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