Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team Conducts Training

On Wednesday August 19 approximately 20 members of the Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team conducted their monthly training in Cape Cod Bay approximately 1 mile from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis.  During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of underwater searches using a variety of patterns that would be utilized when conducting water based search and rescue operations. In addition, members trained on donning and doffing their newly acquired suits/equipment, water entries, boat operations, and area familiarization. The team, which was funded through a Federal Homeland Security grant, consists of 40 firefighter/divers from a variety of Cape Cod Departments including three members from the Brewster Fire Department. Members train on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Barnstable County to ensure the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the divers along with their response capabilities are maintained at peak operational readiness.