Cyalume works seamlessly with the National Diving authority and, together, they have tested and approved situations in which these products can be used:
- Identification of an entry point and an exit point for confined space diving. The term confined space diving is used when divers are unable to reach the surface quickly because of difficult routes, low visibility and conditions impeding progression. Under conditions like these, civil protection divers have to use new techniques and equipment appropriate to this new environment.
-the green 6” SnapLight lightstick (15cm) is used to mark the main line entry point
-the yellow 6” SnapLight lightstick (15cm) is used to mark the main line exit point
-the red 6” SnapLight lightstick (15cm) is used to identify passages with prohibited access to secondary lines
- Identification of a diver, an ascent stop line, a marker line, a boat hull during rescue
In this case, the diver is identified by a green 6” SnapLight lightstick (15cm) attached to a dive vest.
The ascent stop line is identified by yellow 6” SnapLight lightsticks (15cm) as are site markers and ship’s hulls. In the latter case, the Cyalume lightstick can be attached to the ship’s hull by a magnetic mounting base.
- Identification of a circle starting point during a search
The red 25cm Flare Alternative lightstick by Cyalume identifies the starting point of a circle search pattern during a rescue operation, defining a full revolution to situate the circle in space.
- Site marking for sites where searching has already taken place (e.g. diving in flooded dwellings). The VisiPad rectangular self-adhesive markers are used for marking out sites when search operations have already been carried out (e.g. by diving in flooded dwellings).
Since 2014, Cyalume products have become recommended equipment for underwater activities used by firefighters during rescue operations. This is mentioned on page 17 of the Annex to the Référentiel National Français (REAC) (French national referential) governing “operations, rescue and safety in water and hyperbaric environments”.
In France, all the regional fire and rescue services specializing in search and rescue diving are now required to apply this new doctrine.