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Water Rescue Drills in Lake Santa Fe

By CHRIS DILLEY, Senior Correspondent | October 08, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 101620100

On October 8th, Melrose firefighters trained with deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Marine Operations/Underwater Recovery Team (MOURT) and soldiers from Florida Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P) on water rescue operations in Lake Santa Fe in Melrose, FL. During this joint training evolution each team provided a brief on team equipment, training & SOP’s that was followed up with a water rescue scenario that involved all three teams. Melrose firefighters were responsible for performing an initial water rescue of a survivor and marking the area of a simulated boating accident. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deployed the dive team members using boats from CEFR-P and the MOURT team. Multiple diver insertions were performed during the training event, which lasted for about three hours.

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