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Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Med Kit

There are a number of different missions that are carried out by the various branches of the federal government and military but one of the common denominators that makes a mission successful is good planning and support. One of the key support personnel for every mission is the medic, or in the case of the United States Coast Guard, the rescue swimmer. The mission of the rescue swimmer is to maintain proper training and conditioning to assist persons in distress in the maritime environment, including search and rescue operations and to provide pre-hospital life support to rescued individuals. The following is a list of the medical equipment that a rescue swimmer uses to help others survive disaster in the water.

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U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
Emergency Medical Equipment

The medical bag of choice for the U.S. Coast Guard is the Aeromed EMS Pack by Thomas Transport Packs.

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Packed inside of the Aeromed Pack are these items in the mandatory configuration:

COMPARTMENT 1 – Outside:

  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light
  • Latex Gloves
  • Scissors
COMPARTMENT 2 – Outside:
  • SAM Splint
COMPARTMENT 3 – Outside:
  • Airway Kit, Oropharyngeal
  • Airway Kit, Nasalpharyngeal
  • Pocket Mask
  • Ace Wrap


  • Band-Aid, Adhesive
  • Charcoal, Activated
  • Glucose, Oral
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Cord Clamps
  • Umbilical Tape
  • Battle Dressing, Small
  • Battle Dressing, Med.
  • Battle Dressing, Large
  • Bandage, Gauze
  • Water Gel, Burn Kit
  • Petroleum Gauze
  • Sponges, Surgical, 4×4
  • Cravat, Bandage
  • Plastic Bag
  • Adhesive, Tape, 2″
  • Adhesive, Tape, 1
Inside: Collar, Cervical – No-Neck, Small, Medium, Large – 1 of Each
  • Band-Aid
  • Thermometer 94-108F and/or Electronic Ear Canal Thermometer
  • Ball Point Pen

In addition to the medical bag, the following items make up the remainder of the rescue swimmer emergency medical kit located on board the helicopter:

  • Bag-Valve Mask by Life Support Products
  • Resuscitator, Oxygen by Life Support Products
  • Laerdal Suction Kit V-Vac by Dyna Med Inc.
  • Cylinder, Oxygen “D” Size M-22 by Life Support Products
  • Antishock Trousers
  • Traction Splint
  • Cervical Collars
  • Medevac Board by Lifesaving Systems Corp.
  • Medevac Report Form (CG-5214)
  • Victims/Casualty Hypothermia Bag by Wiggy’s Inc.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED): Heartstream Forerunner Model E01 including Semi-Rigid Carrying Case, DP5 Extra Pads, Data Card (30 Mins. ECG & Event) and BT1 Battery Pack
  • Current EMT Text (Currently used by USCG EMT School)

Reference: Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Manual, COMDTINST M3710.4B, 28 JUL 00

Monitoring The Pulse of Survival

Do you ever find yourself going from site to site and blog to blog looking for the latest and greatest information? We live in a world with a myriad of resources available on the internet and the preparedness and survival niche is no exception. While there are many sites that are constantly churning out new content and information, there are few sites that collect and post some of the best content in the prepper realm on a daily basis. Enter Survival Pulse, a one stop shop for the best survival, preparedness, and alternative news, updated daily.


Survival Guy, the brains behind the Survival Pulse operation, does a bang up job of highlighting some of the day’s best web content. Each day, new links are posted to the Survival Pulse website and there is even a ‘link of the day’ featured as well. The links are even neatly categorized in the following categories for easy navigation:

  • General Preparedness
  • Planning
  • Protection
  • Food
  • Water
  • Medical
  • Financial
  • Alternative News

In addition to the daily content updates, Survival Pulse maintains a list of some of the best and active websites in the survival and preparedness arena. The end result is a valuable resource. Time is precious and some days it is just not possible to check every possible website out there. Some are new to the area of prepping and are not sure of where to get started. For others, convenience just can’t be beaten. To all those who are in search of answers, check out the Survival Pulse and keep your finger on the pulse of survival.

5 Bug Out Bag Clothing Considerations

If there is a catastrophic disaster that were to occur right now, many of us would be left with the clothing on our back and whatever is packed into our Bug Out Bag (BOB). With this scenario in mind, a bug out or move to get home begins with what you have on your person. Perhaps the most important of these things in the scenario is the protection that your clothing offers you. Depending on your occupation, hobbies, and habits, the clothing on your back could be a benefit or a burden.

Like the greatest bean dip you ever tasted, the clothing you depend on to survive should be based on a system of layers. Now, I would not recommend wearing onions, sour cream, or guacamole and leaving the bean dip reference only as a way to equate the way that layers can enhance the “flavor” or comfort of your survival situation. Consider the following factors when deciding on what clothing to pack in your bug out bag.

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Base Layer – The base layer of clothing consists of undergarments and can vary based on the environmental conditions. During cold weather, additions to the base layer can include thermal underwear and vary in the different weights available. Even in times of warmer weather, a good base layer can be an added benefit during night hours or in an environment such as the mountains where the temperature can differ drastically depending on the time of the day. An important consideration to keep in mind when looking at clothing for your base layer is to employ moisture-wicking technology if it is available. This will pull moisture away from the skin to avoid environmental injuries as well as maximizing comfort.

Intermediate Layer – The intermediate layer will typically consist of standard clothing like pants and shirts. The season of the year will typically determine the needed clothing for a bug out bag. Short as well as long sleeve shirts can be an integral part of the layering strategy, where shorts and pants can also be rotated as the seasons change. Even during the summer months though, it can be beneficial to keep long pants in a bug out bag because of the protection they can offer regardless of whether you may bug out through a rural or urban area.

Outer Layer – Clothing items that fall into the outer layer category are only worn as needed. While outer garments are typically thought of as something that is worn to keep the wearer warm, it is also important to remember pieces of clothing that can assist the wearer during warmer temperatures as well. During hot weather, a hat for example can protect the wearer from getting sun in their eyes as well as a sunburn on the head and neck. In addition to hats, gloves, scarves, coats, rain gear, and snow gear can all be necessary items to include in a BOB.

Versatility – There are several clothing items that have been developed to accomplish multiple purposes with only one garment. Convertible clothing if you will. These are the ideal choices to include in a bug out bag. It will not only minimize the number of items in the bag but will also reduce the total weight as well. Examples of these items that come to mind include pants that have the bottom portion zip off to convert into shorts, long sleeve shirts with sleeves that roll up for more of a short sleeve feel, and jackets that have removable sleeves to become a vest.

Durability – Regardless of the items that are in your BOB, they can be worthless if they are not durable enough to withstand the purpose for which you will use them. The old theory that may apply here is to be frugal but not cheap. Buying the best product that you can afford may, in the end, still cost less than replacing an item over and over because of wear and tear. Look for articles of clothing that are specifically engineered to withstand hard and repetitive use. This is the greatest value for your prepping dollars.

Putting together a BOB can be a daunting task but it is one that can be very rewarding if you ever need it. Make sure that you have the proper clothing to offer function, protection, and a safe arrival back at the ranch.