Ice Rescue Technician Course

The Lifesaving Resources Ice Rescue Technician (IRT) Course is an internationally-standardized program that meets/exceeds NFPA 1670 & NFPA 1006 Standards, and can be customized to meet the needs of local First Responder agencies and organizations.

The Ice Rescue Technician course is an intensive and fast-paced, educational program specifically designed to provide First Responders with the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively respond to incidents on and through the ice, as well as in, on and around cold water.  The focus of this training program is on surface rescue for cold water and ice rescue/recovery incidents with an emphasis on personal survival and safety of the rescuer.

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These comprehensive courses includes classroom sessions (minimum 3-hours), followed by on/through-the-ice practical sessions.

Subjects and/or practical evolutions include the following:

  • The Rescue Process
  • Ice Safety Principles
  • Incident Command
  • Cold Water Rescue and Survival
  • Ice Rescue and Survival
  • Recognition and Management of Hypothermia
  • Use of Specialized Safety and Rescue Equipment

Course Schedule
The one-day IRT course is scheduled from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Sign-in begins at 7:30 AM. Lunch is provided; several breaks are provided throughout the course.

2019 dates and locations are as follows:

February 09, 2019: South Portland, Maine
March 09, 2019: South Portland, Maine

International Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy
February 21 – 24, 2019: Portland, Maine


The two intensive 2.5 hour practical sessions require each participant to have exclusive use of an approved Ice Rescue Suit (i.e. Mustang Ice Commander, Survitec Imperial 1500, Stearns Dryflex, Stearns Neoprene I595).  Rental suits are available at a cost of $75 per day.

During the 15 practical evolutions, each participant rotates through various positions at each station including Primary Rescuer, Secondary Rescuer, and Victim. Participants are continually active during the 15 practical evolutions and are responsible for manning tether lines when not serving in the above capacities.

After completing the rotation within each practical evolution, the team of students then immediately rotates to another practical evolution.

The IRT Candidate must be in good physical condition and must be comfortable in deep water while wearing a Cold Water/Ice Rescue Suit or Dry Suit with a PFD.

Required Equipment:

Participants must have exclusive use of an approved cold water/ice rescue suit, but rental suits are available.

Course Completion:

Course Completion Certificates and insignia are awarded to those who successfully meet all educational course objectives including:

  • participation in classroom session
  • completion of all practical evaluations
  • pass the written final examination

Certifications are valid for 5 years from the course completion date.  Individuals who successfully complete the classroom session and the final written examination, but who cannot participate or successfully complete the practical sessions, will be awarded an Ice Rescue Awareness certificate.