PSDS Urban Flood Rescue training program, equipment, and rigorous teaching methods have been endorsed by fire departments and law enforcement agencies across the country.

Our Urban Flood Rescue training is realistic, departmentally focused, hands-on, and strives for nothing less than professional excellence. While urban flood rescue often involves a great deal of planning and preparation, we also have a great deal of dynamic training under very realistic conditions. PSDS instructors bring plenty of gear and a wealth of knowledge. Our students are taught to handle urban flood rescue emergencies. PSDS training meets and exceeds National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), OSHA and STATE standards.

Urban Flood Rescue Certification Course

Our Urban Flood Rescue program is specifically designed for public safety personnel. The Urban Flood Rescue program offers insight to mitigate natural and man-made hazards which will result in safer practices. PSDS continues to exceed all three levels of the NFPA guidelines (awareness, operation and technician). We examine low to high risk scene management and have developed the best and most effective rescue methods for those scenarios. We focus on keeping the rescue personnel safe. Proper training limits the rescuer and their department to unnecessary risk and liability. We believe everyone has the potential for a flood, it’s only a matter of time. We know from studying past situations, what we may experience in the future. PSDS believes knowledge is power. We start at the basics and progress to more advanced levels of training.

Listed below are a few highlights:

  • Pre-planning operations – It starts here!
  • Hazards you may encounter
  • Force of water
  • Speed of water and its dynamics
  • Rapid response deployments
  • Department capabilities, resources and mutual aid
  • Systems to help keep rescue personnel safe
  • Staging – where should we go….
  • Natural hazard assessment
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Risk assessment
Level 1 Student Prerequisites
  1. 18 years old
  2. Should be a member of an Emergency First Response group
  3. Must be a good swimmer, in good health and comfortable working in the
  4. CPR / AED / O2 / First Aid Certified.
Qualifications of Graduates

Awareness, Operational and Technician Level courses are for emergency response personnel who may be first on the scene of a flood  emergency. First responders at the awareness level are expected to recognize the presence of hazardous conditions, protect themselves, secure the area,  and call for additional resources, activate an emergency plan, assess conditions and attempt a reach or throw rescue, or contact rescue.

Upon successful completion of this course, divers may engage in basic public safety diving activities without direct supervision. Graduates may also participate in limited application recovery/rescue operations, providing that:

  1. PSD 1 operates under the supervision of a team supervisor
  2. Operations are limited to 60 feet in depth
  3. Operations are conducted in conditions consistent with his/her training
  4. Dive profiles are within no decompression limits