n Wednesday November 16 members of the Barnstable County Regional Dive Team conducted their monthly training at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. During the drill session team divers exercised their cache of specialized dive equipment while practicing a variety of search patterns used during underwater search and rescue and recovery missions around the berth and hull of the T.S. Kennedy which is the Academy’s training ship.
Using the ship as a large prop the team divers became acclimated to deploying their search equipment and search patterns around the confines of the ships large hull and mooring. Since most prior training sessions have taken place in a variety of open water locations where the probability of a search and rescue or recovery operation is more likely to occur the scenarios and location presented during this training session provided the divers with an exceptional opportunity to practice their skills in an unusual dive environment.
The Barnstable County Dive Team and the Barnstable County Fire Chief’s Association would like to thank the staff at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy for providing their location to allow Team members the opportunity to improve their dive skills and abilities. Dive team members from Brewster include Captain Dan Kimball, FF Chad Foakes, FF Joseph Cox, and FF Michael Gerlach.