The Zion Fire Rescue Department Dive Rescue/Recovery Team
is comprised of 5 members. As members of the department divers, we are incorporated into the Lake County
Dive Team, which is made up of close to 100 active rescue divers. All divers
on our team are qualified PADI Emergency Services/Advanced Open Water Diver.
Each person maintains a standard training regime consisting of safety checks,
pool and open water dives. Advanced divers on the Zion Fire Rescue Department
Dive Team are trained as Medical Divers, Advanced Rescue Divers, and Ice Divers
qualified in operations during winter rescue operations.
Team training held on a regular basis to ensure all members
are familiar with the constant changes in weather, environment,
and with their own capabilities.
The Zion Fire Rescue Department
divers are well versed in operations being conducted from
shore with rope patterns and from boats using rope patterns.
All members of the Zion Fire Rescue Department train regularly
with water rescue operation whether it is a surface water
rescue, dive rescue, or surface ice rescue. Our geographical
location next to Lake Michigan and multiple smaller bodies
water surrounding the city and other areas of Lake County make it a necessity
for all firefighter/paramedics
on our department to be knowledgeable of dive operations.
Members of the Dive/Rescue Recover Team include FF/PMs Denny Decker (Team Leader), Rick Reich, Eric Pursche, Brooks Litz, Chris Arnold, and Kevin Johnson.