First responders can and MUST contribute to saving those in danger of drowning. It seems the obvious evolution of water rescue over time. But emergency personnel must also keep from becoming victims themselves. That is why we are on a mission to equip ALL first responders with a state-of-the-art throwable tool that can save lives from shore, jetties, docks, piers, river banks, trenches, silos, canals and bridges...without EVER entering the water.
We highly recommend that every fire/rescue, law enforcement and emergency vehicle or watercraft be equipped with at least one Quick Collar. Redundancy is the key to both safety and saving lives. If every first responder vehicle that arrives at a water emergency has a Quick Collar then the rescuers are prepared for multiple victims, for if/when one of their own falls in the water, for errant throws, and prepared to set up the crucially important downstream safety, etc.
Typically, a Quick Collar will be deployed by first responders immediately upon reaching the scene of a potential drowning to quickly provide flotation to the victim, thereby avoiding the leading cause of drowning....PANIC.
Once the victim is stabilized, the scene can be more rationally assessed and decisions made on how and whether a safe rescue can be made at that point or to wait for the water rescue team to perform a safer, more technical rescue. With the Quick Collar already in the victims arms, he/she already has 2 critical advantages....a flotation device AND a lifeline.
The Quick Collar is deployed just like a throwbag...simply open the rope compartment all the way, grab the end of the rope with one hand and throw the bag with the dominant hand. The best technique is to throw the bag as close as possible to the victim. If you're gonna miss, miss upstream and past the victim. A short throw is rarely effective and you can usually pull a long throw to the victim.
Whenever possible, always instruct the victim to grab the rope if the collar is not within reach (the collar will follow) and to hook an arm through the collar in moving water. Arm and shoulder strength are always preferable to hand strength in the water.
And always have assistance whenever possible to keep you from falling in the water and wear a PFD if you have one.
Remember...you cannot always count on a highly trained swift water/ice/dive rescue team being available when BIG WATER hits your area. The water rescue team may be working other rescues, be far away, be cut off from reaching you. Don't just sit there tearing your guts out watching people drown. Get your Quick Collar and GET BUSY!