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Dive Team

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  • The purpose of the Dive Team is to have personnel and equipment available 24 hours a day to respond to water emergencies.
  • In 2001, the team was initiated as part of the Career Service of the Fire Department.
  • Duties include but are not limited to, vehicle searches, body recovery, weapons recovery, crime evidence retrieval, and other special response situations.
  • Hazards to members include barotrauma, marine life including alligators, and the very nature of the dangerous underwater environment with limited air supply.
  • Seven divers are selected per shift with a minimum of three required on duty at all times.

The Coral Springs Fire Department Dive Team operates within the Special Operations Division of the department. Although there have been divers on the Coral Springs Fire Department for many years prior, it was in 2001 that the team was initiated as part of the Career Service of the Fire Department. It was at that time that the team became more organized with the development of SOPs and proper training programs. Also, dive gear was placed on rescue units and made uniform so that equipment would not vary from truck to truck.

The purpose of the Dive Team is to have personnel and equipment available 24 hours a day to respond to immediate needs such as a swimmer in distress, vehicle in a canal, and even assist Law Enforcement Agencies. Duties include but are not limited to, vehicle searches, body recovery, weapons recovery, crime evidence retrieval, and other special response situations. While fulfilling these duties, members face such hazards as barotrauma, marine life including alligators, and the very nature of a dangerous underwater environment with limited air supply.

The Dive Team is comprised of individuals who specialize in water emergencies and specialized water-related search and recovery operations. Individuals are selected by a competitive process, and then train regularly as a group within our department, as well as train regionally with other dive teams from the Fire and Law Enforcement communities. Seven divers are selected per shift with a minimum of three required on duty at all times. Divers must have completed Public Safety Diver and Dive Rescue I to become a member of the team.

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