Inland Spill Response Published: May 3, 2019

New Technologies for Inland Spill Response At WRI we specialize in fastwater spill response and inland oil spill response. Our goals are always to respond safely and effectively. We want to contain the spill as quickly as possible and then take steps to minimize its impact. Over the past few years we have been experimenting with a variety of techniques and spill response technologies to incr...

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Inland Oil Spill Response Training in Idaho Published: March 4, 2019

WRI Instructors recently led an Oil Under Ice Spill Response Training on Lake Pend O'Reille near Sandpoint, Idaho. Winter conditions present unique challenges for Inland Oil Spill Response. WRI teamed up with local first responders, Sam Owen Fire Department, Selkirk Fire Department and BNSF staff and contractors to practice with specialized equipment for winter spill response conditions.  Respect...

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Grand Canyon of Colorado Kayak Self-Support Published: February 13, 2019

  On January 26, WRI instructors Paul Heffernan, Matt O’Reilly, Frank Preston and Cody Harris launched from Lees Ferry, Arizona for a 10-day kayak self-support down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.  Below are a series of letters and photos discovered in the bottom of a drybag after the trip.  One of our crew wrote these, but choose to remain anonymous.   After reading them, we felt ...

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WRI in India Published: December 19, 2018

The River Ganga: A trip to India Mike & Cody recently returned from India where they trained with instructors from the Hannibal Outdoor Center and ran the Ganges river in northern India. They stayed with some guides on the Ganges to learn about rafting standards in India and got a brief immersion in this amazing culture. The Ganges is the most sacred river in India, people pilgrimage from...

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Costa Rica Swiftwater Rescue Training Published: December 12, 2018

Whitewater Rescue Institute Instructor Paul Heffernan and I recently returned from Costa Rica Swiftwater rescue training where we led five days of classes with 50 Costa Rican whitewater rafting guides. We gained an appreciation for the knowledge, skill and dedication of the Costa Rican guides and some of the challenges they face for emergency response in terms of logistics and communications.  Af...

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Fastwater Boom Deployment Tips Published: November 15, 2018

Preplanning and training are critical steps towards any successful fast water boom deployment.  Learning how to read water will help evaluate conditions and determine what boom strategies are possible. Putting out boom in rivers is difficult at best. Boom is heavy and moving water is deceptively powerful, especially when exerting its force on a section of boom placed in the current. Here are a fe...

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Learn Swiftwater Rescue Published: April 9, 2018

Swiftwater Rescue Training WRI will be hosting  three more Swiftwater Rescue Classes near Missoula on the Blackfoot River this spring. It's our home river and our favorite place to teach. Montana River Guides will be hosting the course. Montana River Guides offers Missoula rafting and kayaking trips on the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers. Join us at a discounted price this year. Montana Swiftw...

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Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Training: Blackfoot River Published: March 7, 2018

WRI will be hosting several Swiftwater Rescue Classes near Missoula on the Blackfoot River this spring. It's our home river and our favorite place to teach. Join us at a discounted price this year. Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: April 6-8 Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: April 20-22 Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: May 11-13 Missoula Swiftwater Rescue Class: June 8-10 [caption ...

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Swiftwater Rescue in Costa Rica Published: March 5, 2018

EMS and Swiftwater Rescue Training in Costa Rica with Aerie Backcountry Medicine One of the best things about working in the rescue community is getting to work with wonderful people. WRI Instructor Mike Johnston just returned from teaching a swift water rescue class in Costa Rica on the Rio Sevegre as part of Aerie Backcountry Medicine's Wilderness EMT semester program.  Mike has worked with ...

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Inland Geographic Response Plans: Their Value and Limitations Published: February 27, 2018

Inland Geographic Response Plans With the recent push for Inland Geographic Response Plans (GRP), community and responder preparedness is at an all-time high.  Most of the major waterways in the west now have plans associated with them.  This consolidation of data will undoubtedly make future responses to inland waterways more effective and safe. [caption id="attachment_1051" align="aligncen...

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“As professional kayakers and coaches this swiftwater course helped us to greatly expand our knowledge and awareness of river rescue. Cody’s safe, realistic scenarios give numerous opportunities to practice under pressure and analyze all safety possibilities. We highly recommend this excellent, hands on course!”

Orion Chapman and Kiley Eversole, Instructors, World Class Kayak Academy
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