Work Item
ASTM WK43297

New Guide for Standard Guide for Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician Level III

1. Scope

1.1 This guide establishes the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required for a Search and Rescue (SAR) Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician Level III (SWFT-LIII) performing in, on, or around a swiftwater environment. 1.1.1 Specifically, this guide is intended to define the training recommended to prepare a SWFT-LIII or equivalent to respond to or conduct ground-/shore-based swiftwater and flood rescue operations. 1.1.2 This guide establishes the minimum training standard as related to general, field, and swiftwater rescue-specific KSAs. 1.2 The SWFT-LIII is the intermediate-level position for swiftwater/flood responders. 1.3 A SWFT-LIII will be able to recognize, reduce, eliminate, or mitigate, within the scope of their training, the hazards and risks in the given situation or environment and be able to request appropriate additional resources. 1.4 This guide identifies types of rescues, tactics, and/or systems that are typically used by a SWFT-LIII, such as: 1.4.1 Shore-based rescues; 1.4.2 Water-based rescues; 1.4.3 Boat-based rescues; 1.4.4 Boat-assisted rescues; and 1.4.5 Helicopter-based rescues. 1.5 This standard is not intended to include all rescue options that might be available or required to mitigate a specific incident. 1.6 This guide does not purport to address safety concerns associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use or as defined within a (regional or geographical) response region or by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).


Flood, technician, rescue, search, swiftwater, water


Filling the gap in individual-based swiftwater/flood rescue technician standards to assist in credentialing and training of personnel.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F32.03

Committee: F32

Staff Manager: Jamie Huffnagle

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 08-23-2013

Technical Contact: Casey Ping

Item: 003

Ballot: F32.03 (15-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 007

Ballot: F32.03 (13-02)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution

Item: 003

Ballot: F32.03 (15-02)

Status: Will Reballot Item