POLICE Magazine

NOV 2018

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PoliceMag.com 13 JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. (800)822-4744 or (508)822-7330 Email: info@jwfishers.com www.jwfishers.com - Pan & tilt front AND rear cameras - Hi-Intensity LED lighting - (4) hi ouput, reversible motors - Highly portable system - 1,000 foot (300m) depth capability - ROVs starting at $20,995 - Many options including a manipulator arm, side cameras, scanning sonar, metal detectors and more! with a JW Fishers commercial grade ROV system. Recovery operations made simple and safe road, one in Kentucky and one in Mis- souri. McCarthy says the hard-and-fast rule is that no one should attempt to drive across a flooded roadway or bridge. And he rejects the mindset that officers have to charge through to get to calls, no matter the dangers they face. "If you don't think you can get there safely, then you need to weigh your options," he says. What often happens when a vehicle is flooded off a roadway is that it comes to rest in water deep enough to submerge it. And a vehicle can also crash into water and sink. is is why Michigan State Po- lice officers are offered optional training in underwater escapes. e underwater escape course is some of the most involved training the MSP of- fers. It actually requires officers to rescue others from a vehicle underwater and escape from a submerged vehicle them- selves. e academy has a submersible car that it dunks into a deep pool. e "car" was built by Rousch Performance for the MSP, and it's constructed of stainless steel so it won't rust. In the class, officers are trained how to escape from the vehicle while high and dry, then they are sent into the pool to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts. Divers take each officer down to the submerged vehicle with scuba. e of- ficer is then fitted with a blacked out dive mask because visibility in Michigan's bod- ies of water can be minimal, belted into the driver's seat, and then they have to escape. Escaping from a vehicle that has crashed into water requires a clear head. You can't panic. If you can escape before the vehicle goes down, then do it. If you can't, you need to get out of your seat belt and get a window open. e seat belt re- lease button should work because it's not electric. e same is not true of the driver and passenger side windows. It's likely that the windows will not operate once the car is under water. is is why the MSP issues a glass breaker to its officers. Once the window is open, you should let the ve- hicle fill with water to equalize the pres- sure in and out and open the door. e fi- nal step is to leave the vehicle and swim to the surface and hopefully to safety. STRAP YOURSELF IN Accidents happen. Regardless of how skilled you are, you can still make a mis- take. Or more likely somebody else will make a mistake in a vehicle around you. So wear your seat belt. McCarthy says MSP policy requires officers to use seat belts any time their vehicles are moving. Many officers ride around without buckling up because of an archaic law en- forcement myth that a seat belt will trap you in your vehicle during an ambush. Experts who study such incidents say they can find no evidence of that ever happen- ing. ey say officers should always wear their belts when driving. e alternative is to be seriously injured or killed should you be involved in a serious crash.

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