Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services

Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services A volunteer organization which provides water rescue and emergency services for the residents of the south-central Pennsylvania region. Harrisburg River Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, 100% volunteer organization which provides community-based, high quality, cost effective water rescue and emergency services for the residents of the south-central Pennsylvania region that started over 50 years ago.
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While there are many water rescue teams in existence, River Rescue, is widely considered one of the best equipped and best trained all-volunteer units in and around the state of Pennsylvania.

While there are many water rescue teams in existence, River Rescue, is widely considered one of the best equipped and best trained all-volunteer units in and around the state of Pennsylvania.

Mission: To provide volunteer emergency search and rescue services to persons suffering because of fire, flood, accident or other disaster. These services include water rescue and patrol, dive rescue and recovery, special fire police services, emergency first response services, water-pumping and related services, and fire and rescue services to the public. The Corporation also provides emergency search and rescue equipment and facilities to governmental agencies and other organizations assisting persons in distress, and provides emergency search and rescue services to persons in distress on area waters. The Corporation offers courses that promote safety on area waters, and offers training to the general public and to emergency personnel on boating safety and water rescue.

Operating as usual

09/23/2020
GK Visual

GK Visual

We're continuing to share some of our team's favorite shoots as 2020 marks GK Visual's 15th year.

Here's another one from Sean Purcell, Editor and Motion Graphics Artist:

This shoot was really cool, and the videos were fun to make. We’ve gotten to know the Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services crew through our years of covering Harrisburg Beer Week, but seeing them in action was awesome.

It was a nice change of pace, I had a lot of fun mixing natural sound and music together to give these videos the right feel I was looking for. Also, cutting their interviews and hearing what motivates them to do what they do was great. River rescue is run 100% by volunteers and it’s nice knowing there are caring people out there keeping us safe.

08/27/2020
GK Visual

GK Visual

A year ago we produced this video for Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services. It’s still one of our favorites.

Harrisburg Beer Week
08/19/2020

Harrisburg Beer Week

After a lot of careful consideration, we have made the tough decision to discontinue Harrisburg Beer Week.

We want to thank every single person who has helped make Harrisburg Beer Week such a success over the last six years -- sponsors, breweries, bars, restaurants, all businesses, volunteers, and every #DrinkLocal enthusiast who supported us from day one.

YOU are the reason we were able to keep going and achieve our ultimate goal of propping up local craft beer while raising nearly $200,000 for Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to push forward Harrisburg Beer Week's mission! Individually, our team continues to support our local craft beer community and to give to our friends at Harrisburg River Rescue.

Here are some ways you can help Harrisburg River Rescue:
🏌Sign-up for their Par 3 Golf Tournament at Harrisburg Golf Simulator on Aug. 29: fb.com/events/326626671678698/
👕 Buy merch -- harrisburgriverrescue.org/Merchandise_c_7.html
🎅 2nd Annual Cocoa with Santa for the Kids - Dec. 12 (pending)

THANK YOU again from the entire Harrisburg Beer Week team. We've had a blast making memories with all of you in the name of #BeerForGood!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/17/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Boating safety advocates recommend that all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but wear it at all times while boating. Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket. Learn more: https://safeboatingcampaign.com/life-jackets/

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/15/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

It's National #RelaxationDay! That's what'SUP!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/15/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Friendly reminder from the PFBC- #wearitPA! Life jackets save lives!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/15/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

It's National #RelaxationDay! We'd say more; but, we're relaxing...

New Life Jacket Labels - Safe Boating Campaign
08/13/2020
New Life Jacket Labels - Safe Boating Campaign

New Life Jacket Labels - Safe Boating Campaign

Boaters love their gear, and most boaters have their favorite life jacket. As we head into boating season, it’s time to inspect and test our gear before we hit the water.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
08/13/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Heat exhaustion or heat stroke? 🌡️☀️

Learn the signs + what to do to keep your family safe: http://bit.ly/PAHotWeatherSafety

Pennsylvania Department of Health
08/05/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

⚠️ If you're driving and approach flood water, DON'T drive into it—you don't know the condition of the road under the water, how deep the water is or how fast the water is moving. It's NEVER safe to drive into flood water.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
08/01/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Heading to the lake? ALWAYS wear a life jacket when you are on, in or near water—and don't forget your mask! More water safety tips from Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: http://bit.ly/2K3ITcr

Check out our website today for cool 🥶 (pun intended) Harrisburg River Rescue merch... for a donation amount of your cho...
08/01/2020

Check out our website today for cool 🥶 (pun intended) Harrisburg River Rescue merch... for a donation amount of your choice, you can enjoy:

- A cooler lunchbox thank you gift for a $10 donation
- A 2 in 1, tumbler and can/bottle keeper thank you gift for a $15 donation
- A cooler, tumbler combo thank you gift for a $20 donation

Don’t miss out on these great additions for on the boat, around the pool, or just chilling 🥶 on a hot day!

http://www.harrisburgriverrescue.org/Merchandise_c_7.html

07/30/2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Water emergencies can happen anywhere. For example, 43% of drownings occur in natural settings (ponds, lakes, rivers, ocean), over 18% occur in swimming pools and 9.2% occur from boating. Most drownings are preventable. For children under the age of 14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death. For every child that drowns, five others received emergency care for non-fatal submersion injuries.
Swimming pools (inground/above ground) can be a source of water emergencies in your backyard and neighborhood. Before installing, first research your municipality’s requirements for installation and safety.

Here are some outstanding resources to review:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safely • https://www.poolsafely.gov/
Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools Preventing Child Drownings • https://mcusercontent.com/fe2a4ca68d2...
National Drowning Prevention Alliance Water Safety Steps • https://ndpa.org/water-safety-steps/

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance provides many prevention tips that focus on layers of protection to reduce and prevent drownings. The information covers responsibility for pool owner, safety recommendations and guidelines. Their mission is clear – ““United, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.”

If we all do our part and learn water safety knowledge and skills, water related incidents and drownings can be reduced and prevented.

#watersafety #drowningprevention

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner
07/29/2020

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

📢 State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego today announced the launch of new online courses designed to provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue, and EMS personnel across Pennsylvania.

“More and more of our first responders are affected by the invisible wounds of traumatic experiences they have been through as part of their jobs,” said Commissioner Trego. “Continuing to ignore the mental health of first responders is simply not an option. The costs are too great.”

Four courses are now available at no cost to PA fire and EMS personnel through TRAIN PA, an online training portal.

1️⃣ Being a First Responder During a Global Pandemic
2️⃣ Had a Bad Call
3️⃣ How to Better Support Your Fellow First Responders
4️⃣ Capturing the Load

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3jRkr0h

PA Emergency Management Agency
#ReachOutPA #MentalHealthMatters

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/24/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Heading to the pool? Keep everyone safe:
▪️wear a mask (not in water)
▪️practice social distancing
▪️watch young kids
▪️never swim alone
▪️learn to swim + CPR
▪️never enter cloudy water
▪️check weather
▪️have a phone + know who to contact in emergency
ℹ️: https://bit.ly/2ZUosrG

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
07/21/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

The answers to last Friday's Boating Education quiz can be found on p.32 of the #PABoatingHandbook.

PA regulations require that Personal Watercraft (PWC) operators must:
➡️ Wear life jackets at all times.
➡️ Carry a fully-charged fire extinguisher on board.
➡️ Carry a sound-producing device on board.
➡️ Attach the cut-off switch safety lanyard to clothing, body, or life jacket.

Did you get these answers correct? If not, you should consider taking a Boating Education course!

Information on courses can be found on our website, here: http://ow.ly/jijv50zMF2k

#safeboating #paddlesafely

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/20/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Keep your cool! Be sure to drink plenty of water (before you're thirsty!) to stay hydrated during hot weather.

More hot safety tips: http://bit.ly/PAHotWeatherSafety

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/19/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Even a pool that has crystal clear water can contain harmful bacteria 🦠 that can make you sick. Remind children and other family members to avoid swallowing pool water when swimming.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
07/17/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

This year's weekly quiz involves information acquired by taking a PA Boating Safety Education course. On Fridays, we will ask you questions. On the following Mondays, we will provide the correct answers. Good luck!

Q: PA regulations require that Personal Watercraft (PWC) operators must (what)?

#safeboating #paddlesafely

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/17/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

📢 IMPORTANT REMINDER to keep your loved ones + pets safe—never leave children, older adults or pets in a parked vehicle.

It takes only 10 MINUTES for a car to heat up 20 DEGREES and become deadly.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/16/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Extreme heat can be very dangerous! Stay safe, PA:
💦 drink plenty of water (before you're thirsty!)
🚫 avoid alcohol
🏠 stay cool indoors
🕙 limit time outside
👕 wear light, loose clothing
👵 check on older family + neighbors
🚗 never leave kids, older adults or pets in cars

07/12/2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

What should you do if you capsize your boat? This clip provides general safety tips to manage the unexpected plunge into the water.
1. Wear and secure a properly sized life jacket with a whistle attached for signaling.
2. Take a paddling safety course to learn rescue skills and techniques.
3. Paddle with others and plan for a potential capsize. In an emergency, focus first on the person in the water and getting them to a safe location. Retrieve equipment (boat, paddle and gear) second.
4. Know how to swim (self-rescue) and maneuver in moving water (defensive and aggressive swim tactics).
5. Learn how to read and identify water features, dynamics and hazards.
6. Avoid standing in moving water to reduce the potential for a foot entrapment.
7. Practice capsizing in a controlled location and learn how to tow (swim) your craft to shore.
8. If you are going to hit a fixed object sideways, lean INTO it and not away to avoid broaching (pinning) the boat. This will raise the upstream side of the boat and reduce the potential for swamping and capsizing.
9. When in the water, stay on the upstream side of the boat to avoid being pinned between the boat and against the obstruction.
10. To self-rescue, scan downstream and pick a destination. Position the capsized boat angle towards shore, grasp the handle and tow the boat.
11. Throw bags make retrieving a swimmer and boat easier. The rescuer paddles downstream past the victim and gets out of their boat. Set up for the throw and deploy the bag when the victim is directly in front of you. Have the victim GRASP the rope (NEVER WRAP) and hang on. Pull or pendulum them to safety. Proper throw bag use takes practice to hone the skill.
12. Install float bags inside your kayak to fill the void space. This will help keep the boat floating higher when capsized. The boat will fill with less water and be easier to retrieve when towing to shore.
13. Make sure there are no loose ropes in the boat that could possibly entrap and tangle around the paddler.
14. Have safety gear in a dry bag. This would include first aid kit, warm clothing, food and fluids, phone, fire starter, emergency space blanket and map of the area.
15. File a float plan with family, friends or agency detailing your trip itinerary.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/09/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Heading to the pool? Keep everyone safe:
▪️wear a mask (not in water)
▪️practice social distancing
▪️watch young kids
▪️never swim alone
▪️learn to swim + CPR
▪️never enter cloudy water
▪️check weather
▪️have a phone + know who to contact in emergency
ℹ️: https://bit.ly/2ZUosrG

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/09/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Keep heat illness away on hot days! Drinking water⁠—before you're thirsty⁠—and taking frequent breaks in the shade or inside in AC can help prevent heat-related illness.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
07/06/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke + heat exhaustion—and they can cause serious illness or even death. Learn about heat-related illness + how you can keep your family safe: http://bit.ly/PAHotWeatherSafety

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
07/05/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. #safeboating #OperationDryWater #NEVERbui

Learn more: www.operationdrywater.org

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
07/04/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Our message this weekend and all yearlong… NEVER boat under the influence!

Learn more: www.operationdrywater.org

#BoatSafeBoatSober #NEVERbui #Opdrywater

07/04/2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
07/03/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Recreational diving can uncover beautiful underwater scenes, but aquatic invasive species can hide in the folds and seams of dive suits and gear. To protect our waters, #CleanDrainDry after every dive and learn more here: http://ow.ly/DaWV50Aj37Q
#GLAISBlitz

07/02/2020
Local 21 CBS News, WHP Harrisburg

Local 21 CBS News, WHP Harrisburg

Joel D. Smith explains the danger of low-head dams and disucess the new legislation that makes it illegal if these dams are not properly marked.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
06/29/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Closely supervise children at all times when they are around water—drownings happen quickly + quietly. Review these tips to help keep your child safe while swimming: http://bit.ly/2W3Ek7l

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
06/28/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

PFBC Waterways Conservation Officers will be participating in #OperationDryWater July 3–5, 2020.
Learn more: operationdrywater.org

#NEVERbui

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Harrisburg, PA
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have you tried to use drone with flir to find the missing girl . i know there are some local guys with them set up .
This is such an incredible organization! You're doing such amazing work for your community and the fact that you haven't let anything deter you, even a hurricane that wiped out much of your equipment, is so inspiring. It reminds me of the film, Good Fortune that tells billionaire entrepreneur, John Paul DeJoria's rags-to-riches story. He served in the Navy, was homeless twice, a single dad working as a door-to-door salesman, and he lost his brother in a motorcycle accident and yet he never gave up on his dreams. He ended up co-founding Paul Mitchell and founding Patrón Tequila and using his success to give back to his community, the same way you do! He not only donates to over 160 charities, but he actively participates in many of them, as well, such as Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which is shown in the film. The film doesn't seem to leave any detail out, showing the good and the bad of JP's life that led him to the successful, selfless person he is now. Such an inspiring film that your organization actually has a lot in common with! You should be so proud of the work you're doing--JP would be! The film is available for pre-order and will be out on VOD August 1. It's one that you will definitely enjoy! Keep up the amazing work :) http://apple.co/2r11ZXU