Ice Rescue Equipment | Firstwatch Gear RS 1000 Ice Rescue Suits | Scuba Center has been selling quality public safety diving and water rescue equipment since 1973. You will find support for a wide range of Surface Water Rescue and Public Safety Diving equipment at our Eagan, Minnesota location. | Ice Rescue Equipment

Ice safety | When is ice safe? There really is no sure answer. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions. | Ice Safety information provided by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Scuba Center is a SAM ( formerly CCR ) registered supplier for the United States Government.  Our customers include: U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Federal Government Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies, Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams, Fire Departments, State and Local Government agencies, Commercial Diving Companies, School Districts, Television and Movie production companies, and many others.
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Equip your team for Public Safety Diving | Available at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota Ice Rescue Equipment Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota has the equipment you need to prepare your team for Water Rescue missions

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 Ice Rescue Carabiners | AustriAlpin Fire Brigade | Check out our selection online or at our location in Eagan, Minnesota
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 Ice Screws from Black Diamond and Grivel | Ice Rescue Equipment available online or at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota
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Firstwatch Ice Rescue Suits for extreme cold water & ice conditions. | RS-1000 | Protecting those who protect our water. | First watch Ice Rescue Equipment Firstwatch
When the call goes out for safety, comfort, durability, and design in personal marine protective gear - we'll take the First Watch. First watch knows that when working in extreme conditions, the garments you wear can’t be a hindrance or obstacle. And the flotation Device needs to be rugged and well constructed, using top quality fabrics, straps, zippers and components.

Firstwatch RS-1000 Rescue Suit | Rescue professionals need gear that allows them to respond safely and quickly to emergency situations. The RS-1000 Rescue Suit has been engineered to don quickly for cold water and ice rescue operations. | Check out Firstwatch Ice Rescue Equipment online or at our Eagan, Minnesota location


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Ice Rescue Suits | This ice rescue suit will meet the demands of fire department and ice rescue personnel nationwide. | Photo: Firstwatch

What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is defined as body temperature below 95.0 °F (35.0 °C). It is subdivided into four different degrees:
  • Mild 90°–95° F (32°–35° C)

  • Moderate 82°–90° F (28°–32° C)

  • Severe 68°–82° F (20°–28° C)

  • Critical at less than 68° F (20° C)

Stages of Hypothermia:
  1. Shivering Starts

  2. Still alert and able to help self

  3. Numbness in extremities, loss of dexterity, clumbsiness

  4. Pain from cold

  5. Clouded consciousness

  6. Shivering decreases or stops

  7. Further loss of reasoning and recall confusion, abnormal behavior

  8. Victim may appear drunk, clumsy, irrational, confused and may resist help

  9. Semi-conscious to unconscious

  10. Slow pulse and breathing

  11. No response to painful stimuli

  12. Cardiac arrest; no obvious pulse or breathing, pupils dilated

  13. No vital signs, do not give up treatment until victim is completely warm

YouTube video of Dive Rescue International Ice Rescue Trainer class hosted by Scuba Center. All first responders should know how to carry out a surface ice rescue. Is your team prepared to be first on the scene to handle an ice emergency? Dive Rescue International's Ice Rescue course teaches: How to avoid becoming a victim, How to recognize ice hazards, and How to evaluate ice strength. KARE 11 news video of Dive Rescue International Ice Rescue Trainer class hosted by Scuba Center
For more information on safety while on the ice, check out the Minnesota DNR Ice Safety Tips page.
Minnesota DNR Ice Safety Youtube video | Ice safety for the winter sports enthusiast. Avoid becoming a winter statistic! How thick should ice be, before venturing out? How do you spot weak spots or predict where holes will form? How do you escape if you or a companion falls through thin ice? All this and more are covered in this helpful video. | MN DNR | Ice Rescue Equipment MN DNR "Danger, Thin Ice!" Video

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While these are excellent reference materials, in no way should this information be considered a replacement for proper training for the specific type of activity in which you plan to participate.