Steve Glassey Country Fire Authority Victoria, Australia
[THIS ARTICLE WAS NOT PEER REVIEWED, BUT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED AS A COMMUNICATION OF RESEARCH]
Currently there is no multi-hazard risk assessment tool for determining the level of complexity to swiftwater and flood rescue incidents. Traditionally, the International Scale of River Difficulty is used but it is primarily for whitewater paddlers for use in a recreational context, without much consideration to the multitude of hazards faced in swiftwater and flood rescue environments. In response to this gap, the ECHO risk assessment tool has been developed and undergone initial testing. This tool provides for simple and rapid codification of multiple hazards and response considerations and is globally applicable. The tool also assigns a final risk assessment colour making the interpretation of the assessment easy to understand and communicate. Though the proposed tool shows potential, further research is needed before it should be operationalised.
KEY WORDS: Assessment, echo, flood, rescue, risk, swiftwater, tool, srirac.