Though FEMA requires but 14 members, FLTF2 has accomplished the unduly task of training over 50 of our members. This allows for a type 1 Swiftwater component to be rostered under each of the three (Red, White & Blue) teams. These members are primarily assigned to other disciplines such as Rescue, Search and Hazmat which further enables a more qualified Swiftwater component. And some of these members belong to our neighboring Fire Departments which, in turn adds to our overall level of experience.
In addition to the eight hours of Water Rescue Awareness training, our members also completed forty hours of Urban Flood Water and/or Swiftwater Technician training. But before being considered for this course one must be a paramedic, a rope rescue technician and a proficient swimmer as outline by the Association of Dive Rescue Watermanship skills test. Our geographic location affords us proficient swimmers and SCUBA divers but many of our members are further trained to the level of Public Safety Divers. The combination of both surface and sub-surface abilities enables us to more efficiently search, find and rescue trapped victims in a waterborne emergency.
The Swiftwater Coordinator is charged with ensuring the proper training of all personnel and maintaining all the related equipment. Our basic Swiftwater cache is standardized by FEMA and is used during all of our training scenarios. This practice allows for our members to become familiar with their gear before the emergency arises and allows us to constantly maintain and monitor the condition of our equipment. In addition to protective and life saving equipment, we have acquired a small fleet of vessels. Two 12’ Zodiacs, one 17’ Apex RHIB and one 28’ Renegade each have their own purpose and are standing by ready for use, as is, our highly trained team of Swiftwater Technicians