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                                        NEW Update –  Michigan State Office for Firefigher Training now recognizes Michigan Rescue Concepts Water/Ice Rescue Courses – County Funding                                                                                                                                                      may be available contact Michigan Rescue Concepts for more information.                                                                                                                Phone 586-784-9320   Fax 586-784-9382



Emailed message from Chief Parker – Thought I’d share a couple of photos taken from a USCG Helicopter of our double ice rescue on Friday 12/5. Those little yellow dots are our guys in YOUR suits helping 70 year old citizens out ice skating on Spider Lake here in Grand Traverse County.

Patrick J. Parker – Fire Chief EFO PEM

Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority

Successful Ice Rescue and life saved  December 1, 2014 by DesMoines Fire Department   Photo Courtesy of the The DesMoine Register

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Man covered in ice pulled from DesMoines RiveDES MOINES, Iowa —City workers along the Des Moines River spotted a man in the river Monday. The man was seen near Sixth and New York avenues just before 1:30 p.m.Rescuers arrived to find the man clinging to ice in the river.  Workers in wet suits designed to handle the frigid water used a boat to help bring the man to the bank. At one point during the rescue, the man started   swimming away from them.When he was brought to the river bank he was covered in ice, but appeared alert and OK. The man was taken to a hospital.  He has not been identified and his condition is not available. The air temperature at the time of the rescue was 14 degrees.Authorities said they believe the man jumped into the river.


MICHIGAN RESCUE CONCEPTS (MRC) offers the finest open water and ice rescue courses in North America! We don’t waste your time with statistics and theory; our courses provide crucial information and Hands -On-Training to prepare your personnel for real life scenarios. We place a strong emphasis on RESCUER SAFETY.

All MRC Training Courses are NFPA 1670 compliant for water rescue standards. Classes are one or two days and include classroom and practical portions. Personnel are certified after successful completion of course and final exam. Our classes are created and priced to ensure the most effective training possible for your carefully budgeted dollar.


PLEASE CONTACT US SO THAT WE CAN CUSTOMIZE ONE OR MORE OF OUR COURSES TO BETTER SUIT THE NEEDS OF YOUR JURISDICTION! (586-784-9320)Please keep in mind that our seminars can provide continuing education credits for EMS Personnel. (We appreciate if you allow 60 days advance notice, if this is desired, so that we can coordinate the necessary certificates.


Please Read Ballville Twp Fire Dept. news article on their training day.  Very Good PR!  Do not forget to call the media and invite them to the training site.



1) ICE RESCUE I – Technician Level Course Length – 1 day Description – MRC is proud to say that this class is the finest ice rescue class available in North America. We have trained and certified hundreds of firefighters and public safety agencies since our inception. To prepare your personnel for real life scenarios, it is pertinent that this class take place at your location. Trainees will become knowledgeable about ice hazards, the characteristics of ice as well as the associated strength guidelines. The student will understand the 3 NFPA training compliance guidelines and know the limitations of each. Incident Command System knowledge will be covered. Hypothermia care, Patient handling, Throw Bag Techniques, Self Rescue Skills and proper use of Specialized Ice Rescue Equipment are all critical components of this training, as well.

2) ICE RESCUE II Length – 1 day (Can be done on a 2nd day or in the evening 3-11 following Ice Rescue I) Description – This course is intended to further develop skills covered in the Level I class. Sub-Surface Recovery, Multiple Victim Rescue, Scene Assessment and Application Skills for Multiple Scenarios are covered in great detail. Each student is faced with potential rescue situations including “live victims” and allowed to handle the scene. These Test Scenarios are timed and critiqued as part of the skill-testing required to receive certification.

3) BASIC WATER RESCUE w/Boat Ops Length – 1 day Description – This course can be conducted on a lake or a major river, depending on your needs. After successful completion of this seminar, your personnel will be able to demonstrate basic water rescue safety knowledge. Your team will be trained to properly maneuver a rescue boat to aide in victim retrieval. The student will also obtain a working knowledge of boats, motors, and critical boating safety skills. Often taught in conjunction with Basic River Rescue for a two day class.

4) BASIC RIVER RESCUE Length – 1 day (This is often done on day 2 after completion of the Basic Water Rescue Class) Description – This class should be conducted on a river within your jurisdiction to facilitate more realistic rescue scenarios. Both shore and boat assisted rescues will be demonstrated. Throw bag accuracy will be stressed. Department members will learn how to effectively use tag lines in a variety of configurations to ensure your team is ready for a safe boat assisted rescue. He/she will be able to read a river/flood water situation and be able to utilize proper technique when called on to throw rescue rope bags in lakes, rivers and swiftwater situations. Self rescue skills will be covered thoroughly. In addition, the student will be able to demonstrate rope rigging

5)  SWIFTWATER/FLOOD RESCUE – This is a three day course approximately 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  Students who successfully complete the classroom portion, practical evolutions, and final exam will receive “Technician Level” certification compliant with NFPA 1670 & NFPA 1006. Class size may range from 10 – 25 students.  This course takes the student through the Awareness and Level training according to NFPA guidelines.  This course covers swiftwater/flood rescue operations, throw bag techniques, shore and boat based rescue, offensive and defensive swimming, reading the river/flood for hazards, self rescue techniques, entrapment, rescue and rope rigging.  The second phase of this course focuses on individual ability to fulfill the physical fitness requirements to be an effective technician for swiftwater/flood water rescue operations and includes a timed distance swim of approximately 300 meters in 12 minutes.  The final phase of this course and final exam consists of potential rescue scenarios with live victims wherein the rescue team must prove to be proficient in their efforts.  These test scenarios are timed and critiqued as part of the skill testing required to receive certification.



Thursday March 16th – 19th “Swiftwater/Flood Rescue” Technician Level Training Course – Ballville Fire Department – Fremont, OH

Thursday May 11th – 14th “Swiftwater/Flood Rescue” Technician Level Training Course – Newaygo Fire District – Newago, MI

Saturday and Sunday May 20th and 21st “Basic Water Rescue” Operational Level Training Course – Michigan State Firemen’s Conference, Port Huron, MI

Sunday May 21st “Basic River Rescue w/Boat Ops” Operation Level Training Course – Bridgeport Fire Dept. – Bridgeport, MI

Saturday, June 10th “Water Rescue w/Boat Ops” Operation Level Training Course – Newaygo Fire Department – Newaygo, MI

Sunday, July 9th “Open Water w/Boat Ops” Operation Level Training Course – Hopkins Area Fire Department – Hopkins, MI

Saturday, July 15th “Basic River Rescue” Operation Level Training Course – Burns Twp. Fire Department, Byron, MI

Saturday, August 19th “”Basic River Rescue” Operation Level Training Course – Bath Twp. Fire Department – Bath, MI

September 14th – 17th – Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival and Trade Show in Roscommon, MI – Enter your team in the horseshoe or cornhole competion.

Call for more details – thank you!



Contact us if you would like to join an already scheduled course or host one at your agency – 586-784-9320 Fax 586-784-9382 email: