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James "Jim" Segerstrom was a swiftwater rescue pioneer, who lived his life committed to rescue training and operations. In 1979, he created the internationally accepted Rescue III swiftwater training program. Rescue III operates under the Special Rescue Services Group. The Group is a global consortium of rescue experts, also founded by Mr. Segerstrom. It offers various courses in emergency response training, including flood and mudslide rescue, and rope and helicopter rescue. Today, Rescue III is offered in several countries, including India, Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, France, Canada and the United Kingdom. In the United States, California and Texas requested his services to help create rescue programs for their statewide emergency response services. Through FAVACA, Mr. Segerstrom traveled to Jamaica in 2005 and to Haiti in 2006, where he trained more than 83 first-responders in swiftwater rescue. Hundreds of lives have been saved because of his rescue training. Mr. Segerstrom passed away at the age of 60 on February 5, 2007, in San Francisco, CA. He is survived by his wife and son.
HAITI'S CIVIL PROTECTION RECEIVES SWIFT-WATER RESCUE TRAINING. Katleen Mompoint, Program Manager for Haiti's Civil Protection Department, requested swift-water rescue training for first-responders in the community of Jeremie. FAVACA volunteers James Hemphill, Cape Coral, Jason Fair, Fort Myers, and Jim Segerstrom, San Francisco, CA traveled to Haiti January 29 through February 2, 2006. Over 35 first-responders from Civil Protection and the Departmental Committees for Risk and Disaster Management were represented. Both Fair and Hemphill are Lieutenant Paramedics and Special Operation Coordinators for Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District. Segerstrom is President and CEO for Special Rescue Services Group. This volunteer consultancy was made possible in part by the generosity of the Jimmy Buffett Singing for Change Foundation, OUTBACK Steakhouse®, and CARRABBA's Italian Grill.
JAMAICAN ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE SWIFT-WATER RESCUE TRAINING Dr. Barbara Carby, Director for Jamaica's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), requested swift-water rescue training for first-responders. First-time FAVACA volunteers Jason Fair, Fort Myers, Shane Sibert, Bonita Springs, and Jim Segerstrom, San Francisco, California, traveled to Jamaica September 22-29, 2005. The training was conducted on the raging Rio Cobre river at Dam Head, St. Catherine and on the Black River in St. Elizabeth for more than 55 first-responders from ODPEM, Jamaican Defense Forces, Caribbean Maritime Marine Institute, Jamaican Red Cross, Jamaican Coast Guard, Jamaican Fire Brigade, and the Ministry of Environment. Both Fair and Sibert are Lieutenant Paramedics and Special Operation Coordinators for Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District. Segerstrom is President and CEO for Special Rescue Services Group. This volunteer consultancy was made possible in part by the generosity of the Jimmy Buffett Singing For Change Foundation, OUTBACK Steakhouse®, and CARRABBA's Italian Grill.