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The Ocean Reporter's
Sand & Surf
Encyclopedia: Equipment 


AIR CAN A small, convenient hands-free can of oxygen with breathing attachment placed over the mouth and nose.
AUDIOHAILER Used to warn and inform.
BACK BOARD A board used to carry victims to an ambulance.
BINOCULARS A small pair of telescopes fastened together for use with both eyes to aid the lifeguard in watching the beach.  
BOAT TOW-LINE Used to aid a boat in trouble that is about to come to shore
BUOY A lifesaving device used during 1940-1960.
CALL CAR A truck with paramedic.
CHAIR A tall chair with built ladder structure for lifeguards stationed on smaller beaches, beach clubs without towers. The height enables them to watch the water and beach.
COLLAR An aid used to keep a victim's neck immobile for suspected injuries.
DIFIBRILLATOR A shocking device used to revive a victim with no vital signs.
DORY Used for moving buoys, dragging bodies, and diving.
FOAM RUBBER TIRES Effective for non-breathing victim.
HOVERCRAFT Vehicle used in rescues where time is critical or victim must be kept immobile due to neck or back injuries. Runs on a cushion of air that allows it to go directly from the ocean over the beach to a waiting ambulance.
MSDIEVAC Helicopter
POCKET MASK Used in mouth to mouth as a precaution against transmitted diseased such as AIDS.
RAMP Wooden walkway to an elevated tower.
RESCUE BOARD Good for long distance rescue and for flotation for mouth-to-mouth.
RIDING BIT On the foredect of a large vessel where a lifeguard can attach a towline to aid a boat in trouble.
RING A round inflatable lifesaving device widely used during 1920-1940.
RUBBER DUCKY Rubber boat with an outboard motor noted for its maneuverability in stiff currents. Used mainly by Australian lifeguards.
SCARAB Largest boat in lifeguard fleet that is used for rescuing victims far offshore.
SWITCHBOARD A small on-site station used to aid in emergency calls and messages.
TOWER An equipped, elevated structure usually with a ramp used to aid in watching broad areas of the beach and water.
TUBE A lengthy tube-shaped lifesaving device commonly used during 1960-1975.
UNIT Truck
RESCUE CAN The current lifesaving device used. Very handy to keep the lifeguard out of reach of a panicky victim. Has multi-uses including self defense. 
WAVE RUNNER A small, two person craft used for offshore rescues.
WENCH A line attached to a vehicle to pull or tow a person out of dangerous water or land.
WIND JET A small, speedy boat structured to house two Wave Runners in its rear.
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