Surface and Dive Rescue Training
Marco Island Fire Rescue performed Surface and Dive rescue training on August 12, 2010 in the canal on the Marco Healthcare property. The training included the surface rescue of a victim utilizing personnel to swim out to a distressed swimmer on the water surface and using a rescue tube to bring victim to the seawall.
The second portion of the training was deployed
simultaneously while the surface rescue was taking place, deploying 3 divers in the water to perform dive rescue sweep patterns to locate a drowning victim on the bottom of a canal in approx 20 ft of water. Divers utilized the sweep patterns using line tending signals from the land based line tenders. The line tenders also utilized a communication system which is a wireless system from the line tender to the diver, directing them to search a specific area with direct communications underwater.