Boat Rescue Volunteer Role

Responsibilities

  • Take Rescue/ Evacuation/ Scouting & Recon Assignments from Dispatchers
  • Navigate flood waters to reach evacuees in need of rescue
  • Safely evacuate people from roof tops, attics, trees, etc. into boat and  to transport to designated area.
  • Track Activities and location of assigned rescue team (division) via Glympse/ Noggin/ Zello
  • Work closely with other members of the Rescue Team (division) and Team Lead
  • Communicate with Rescue Team (Division) for location and status of Rescue Tickets / Evacuees
  • Maintain Contact with Multiple Contacts (Dispatch Management, Peer Dispatchers, Rescue Teams (Divisions)) across multiple communication channels (Zello, Glymose, Text, Noggin)
  • Communicate to Dispatch Manager as needed (Dispatch may need information such as Number of Rescue Volunteers in the Area, Challenges being Encountered, Supplies Needed, Alternate Routes, Type of Watercraft Appropriate, Weather and Flooding Updates
  • Prevent “rescues of rescuers.” Immediately contact boat Supervisor to make safety calls.

 

Requirements/ Skills:

  • All Volunteers must present a valid driver’s license for background/ safety screening
  • Must be able to physically lift adults, pets, and children into boats
  • Must be able to swim
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Able to remain calm and focused during crisis
  • Tech Savviness (Able to Make Phone Calls, Text, Use apps like Zello, Noggin  (can use instructional video to learn how to use the apps) )
  • Ability to Follow Instructions, Respect Leadership Calls, as well as Make Critical decisions on the ground about safety
  • Must be an experienced boater
  • Lifejackets for operator/assistant – throw ring or buoy and rope

 

Do:

  • Only sign up for a shift if you have the proper equipment.
  • Must have cell phone, backup battery
  • Communicate Regularly with Rescue Team and other Cajun Navy Relief Leads.
  • Immediately Stop operations if Safety Officer or Dispatch Manager makes a call
  • Take Breaks. Sleep before taking on another volunteer shift. Ask for support from Debrief and Support Team  for yourself or evacuees in crisis. Take care of yourself if you have been working with people experiencing danger, stress, or crisis.
  • Sign up shifts of at least 8 hours
  • Be Cautious. Prevent “Rescue or Rescuers”

 

Don’t

  • End shift without informing Dispatch and your boat team, and connecting them with anyone who is replacing you on the next shift  
  • Run  Rescue Tickets without support of the Dispatch Team and your Rescue Team Mates
  • Hog the channel – Communication must be concise, in less than 20 seconds,
  • Attempt to merge rescue, dispatch,  and vetting responsibilities
  • Work more than 14 hours straight shift
  • Request donations or compensation