Inland Spill Response : ICE RESPONSE Published: February 11, 2020

Inland Spill Response: Cold Weather Fastwater Spill Response in Winter Inland spill response in cold weather is difficult and risky.  Responding to oil spills along rivers in winter requires additional risk management and emphasis on standard operating procedures for all responders on site. Obviously we try to work off ice whenever possible. Several spills in the past two years have required us...

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Inland Oil Spill Response: DeCon Published: December 11, 2019

Fastwater Spill Response Inland Oil Spill Response Notes Personnel Decontamination Inland Oil Spill Response responders must be proactive and assertive about decon. This is one area of response that is often overlooked or incomplete in the early phases of a spill. Establish work zones and clearly communicate them to all responders. Create a site map, with enough detail included to adequately...

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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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“Whether you are a river-rookie or an experienced boater, WRI tailors their classes to what you need to learn in a fun and challenging environment. Their scenario based teaching approach creates an electric learning atmosphere where you feel like you are in actual river rescue situations. I would recommend them to anybody!”

Eric Giddens, Owner Kern River Brewing Company/1996 Olympic Kayak Team Member
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