The Sheriff's Office maintains a full-response Water Rescue Team. All divers are permanently assigned to other full-time duties; they're also subject to 24-hour call-out for all Clackamas County water-related incidents.
This highly trained team responds to rescues, body recoveries, underwater evidence searches, vehicle recoveries and submerged hazardous materials.
The team consists of a lieutenant, two sergeants, a detective and 11 deputies.
Partners in rescue
The team participates in the Clackamas County Interagency Water Consortium -- which also includes personnel from CCSO's Marine Unit, Clackamas County Fire District # 1, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the Lake Oswego Fire Department, the Sandy Fire Department and American Medical Response.
Water Rescue Team members are trained in SCUBA, underwater investigations, white-water rescue and high-angle and technical water rescue.
All divers must complete Dive Rescue I certification to the Master Diver level through Dive Rescue International.
Team members are also required to certify as swift-water rescue technicians and train in rope rescue. Most team members are also certified First Responders, and one is an Emergency Medical Technician.