Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team Conducts Ice Rescue/Cold Water Dive Training


On Thursday February 12 approximately 20 members of the Barnstable County Dive Rescue Team conducted their monthly training in Sheep’s Pond in Brewster. During the 3 hour training session members performed a number of underwater searches using a variety of patterns that would be utilized when conducting “cold” water ice based search and rescue operations. Diving in any environment is extremely dangerous and physically demanding. However, the addition of ice causes additional safety issues that require divers to be highly trained and competent while diving in cold weather and ice based operations. 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.