Pre-plan and know your response area!


Each rescuer within the Hot Zone must be equipped with flotation - either a PFD or immersion suit.

Never attempt a rescue without the protection of a cold water immersion suit tethered to your shore crew.


 Carabiners are the link that connects your rope and rescuer to shore. Check gates to make sure they are working properly and lubricate if needed. Each rope bag should be set up with two carabiners for GO CONTACT rescues. Extra carabiners should be attached to bags.

No dog clips!


Floating water rescue rope should be used for ice/water rescue. Nylon static line does not float. Remove rope from bags and check for cuts and abrasions. Rope should be clean and dry before storing. Each bag should be clearly marked with its length, and a rope log should be maintained for all ropes used in technical rescue.

We recommend a minimum of two 300-ft lengths of water rescue rope - again keeping in mind the primary and back-up rescuer. Throw bags with floating throw ropes are also an essential part of your equipment.

You can never have enough rope.


 If your department uses an Ice Rescue Sled or board device, check nuts and bolts as well as attachment points. Wax pontoons or runners. 

 Check all your equipment and make sure each member of your team is familiar with your SOG's and train to succeed in realistic conditions. Contact us if you need help formulating SOG's or effective training ideas.

                                           ICE RESCUE EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST‚Äč


Check for obvious cuts and abrasions.

Check harnesses and attachment points.

If your suits have zip-in or snap-in liners make sure they are installed properly and your team members are familiar with the process. At a minimum, you should have two suits so that you can equip a primary and back up rescuer.

Do they leak?