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NEW Update – Michigan State Office for Firefighter Training now recognizes Michigan Rescue Concepts Water/Ice Rescue Courses – County Funding may be available contact Michigan Rescue Concepts for more information. 


Northwest Regional Fire Training Center – Traverse City, MI – Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th, 2023 – Ice Rescue I and Ice Rescue II
Michigan State Firemens Association – Imlay City, MI – Saturday, January 21st, 2023 – Ice Rescue I
St. John’s Fire Department – St. John’s MI – Saturday, February 4th, 2023 – Ice Rescue I
Wyandotte Fire Department – Wyandotte MI – Thursday, February 9th, 2023 – Ice Rescue I
Riverview Fire Department – Riverview, MI – Wednesday, June 7th, 2023 – Water Rescue with Boat Ops
Crystal Township Fire Department, Sheridan, MI – Sunday, June 24th, 2023 – Open Water w/Boat Ops
Clement Twp. Fire Department – Alger, MI – Saturday and Sunday, January 14th and 15th, 2023 – Ice Rescue I and Ice Rescue II
Williamsfield Fire Protection District – Williamsfield, IL – Saturday, January 28th, 2023 -Ice Rescue I
Otter Lake Fire Department – Fostoria, MI – Sunday, February 5th, 2023 – Ice Rescue I
Plainfield Twp. Fire Department – Belmont, MI – Saturday, February 11th, 2023 – Ice Rescue I
South Branch Fire Department – Roscommon, MI – Friday and Saturday June 9th and 10th, 2023

We still have the availability to schedule an additional training course

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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 with water rescue standards. Classes are one or two days and include classroom and practical portions. Personnel are certified after successful completion of the 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. Please keep in mind that our seminars can provide continuing education credits for EMS Personnel. We appreciate it if you allow 60 days advance notice if this is desired so that we can coordinate the necessary certificates.


Do not forget to call the media and invite them to the training site. 

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. 

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. 

w/Boat Ops Length – 1-day Description – This course can be conducted on a lake or a major river, depending on your needs. After the 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 aid 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. 

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 swift water situations. Self-rescue skills will be covered thoroughly. In addition, the student will be able to demonstrate rope rigging. 

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 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 the individual ability to fulfill the physical fitness requirements to be an effective technician for swiftwater/floodwater 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. 

The video above is an actual rescue with the Seawolf Boat that we sold and trained them on taken in September 2018 in Chikaming Twp. on Lake Michigan. Port Austin made a similar save at the end of Summer 2020 on Lake Huron near Turnip Rock with their Seawolf Boat utilizing our training skills. 

If you have not yet seen the 9 and 10 news article about the Green Lake boat here is the link.

It is that time of year again! Check out your water rescue equipment, inspect, clean, and check dry suits for leaks! Make sure everything is ready and in good condition. Contact us if you have any questions or need to get your ice rescue suits or dry suits repaired. 

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