International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists
For more than 20 years, the IADRS has provided a 24/7 toll-free "help line" for emergency responders. Through this "help line" they are able to mobilize resources to help dive teams mitigate their most challenging aquatic operations. The IADRS maintains a database of dive teams and emergency contact information throughout North America. In addition, the IADRS is aware of the resource team's capabilities and equipment inventory. The IADRS is also aware of commercial diving resources, contractors, and military resources that are available to assist dive teams in need.
In addition to "telephone resources," the IADRS has immediate access to equipment caches that are located throughout North America. If a recognized dive team needs a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) or Side Scan SONAR, these resources can be mobilized and typically arrive onsite within 24 hours. Manpower, divers, equipment, and operators are available through mutual aid agreements that are arranged by the requesting agency.
The IADRS supports the exchange of information through their webpage and a newsletter, SEARCHLINES. In their newsletter, they typically inform their members of the newest equipment available to Public Safety Divers, product recalls, and specialized training programs offered in their region. They also host an annual international water rescue, recovery, and investigative conference and support their members through representation on NFPA and other nationally recognized committees.
More information about the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists can be found online at http://www.iadrs.org/ or by calling 970-482-1562. Emergency calls are received 24 hours a day at 800-IADRS-911.
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