Rescue Division |
Purpose: To provide specialist rescue equipment and personnel if not readily available in a rural or urban SAR incident to assist a primary response agency. To provide rapid underwater search and recovery services where the Incident is beyond traditional Dive Team capabilities or no other underwater response team is available.
Concept: Individual rescue specialists training as a team for the utilization as a stand-by, on scene, resource.
Overview: The Rescue Division consists primarily of heavy rescue / confined space, rope rescue and underwater rescue [dive] trained personnel. Personnel are trained for positive interfacing during multi-agency situations. Stand-by incidents can range from: a missing subject in a off road vehicle that when found may require extrication to a missing child with a possibility of being in a confined space.
In conjunction with other rescue agencies the rescue specialists train in:
Rescue Training: Team members of the Rescue Division are experienced ground SAR members that have served in Search and Rescue for many years. These members have diverse backgrounds in both emergency services and life experiences making them ideal for challenging emergency situations. The bulk of members recruited for Rescue have served or are serving with the; military, ambulance, fire or other emergency services.
The Rescue Division training and continuing education includes:
Concept: Utilizing professional underwater specialists cross trained in underwater search techniques to safely access depths and areas beyond the safe limits of sport divers.
Overview: Dive Response members are comprised of professional and commercial divers with a solid core of seven personnel maintained for primary response and a auxiliary team for secondary support. The primary team performs the assessment of all prospective members and is responsible for setting and maintaining team standards. All requests for response are evaluated by the on duty Dive Unit Chief prior to resource deployment. Gear for dive responses is kept with the team members with the exception being the marine vessels [Hovercrafts and Boats].
The Dive Units capabilities are constantly evolving as underwater technologies improve. Response times are dependent on the depth and location of the incident. The Dive Unit utilizes some of the following equipment: