The Sheriff's Office DIVE Team consists of divers and land based support personnel.  The team is fully mobile with an emergency response truck that is equipped with water related rescue and recovery equipment and an on-board cascade system.

Sgt. Heath Benansky is the DIVE Team Commander.  Members on the team are trained and certified as Public Safety Divers.  They have special training and are certified in rapid deployment, black water, ice rescue, swift-water rescue, vehicle extrication, and S.T.A.T. (Sub-Surface Technical Anti-Terrorist Training).  The team's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, search and rescue/recovery, (victims and evidence) and submerged vehicle rescue and recovery.

The team trains year round, regardless of weather and water conditions.  It is equipped with dry suits, AGA masks, and underwater communications.  The dive team trains with other agencies including other law enforcement agencies, fire departments and rescue squads.


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