News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Feb. 24, 2016, 9:06 a.m.
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians recently awarded the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Dive/Rescue Team a grant for the purchase of new helmets and personal flotation devices (PFDs).
The new safety equipment will replace helmets and PFDs that have been in service for over 10 years.
The purchase of this new equipment also allows the entire Sheriff's Office Dive/Rescue Team members to be in a deployable status. Thanks to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Dive Rescue team is now able to deploy to all water rescue and recovery operations in Clackamas County and to assist other counties as needed.
ABOUT THE DIVE/RESCUE TEAM
The Sheriff's Office maintains a full-response Dive/Rescue Team. All divers are permanently assigned to other full-time duties, and are subject to 24-hour call-out for dive missions. They respond to rescues, body recoveries, underwater evidence searches, vehicle recoveries and submerged hazardous materials.
The team participates in the Clackamas County Interagency Water Consortium -- which also includes personnel from Clackamas County Fire District # 1, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the Gladstone Fire Department, the Estacada Fire Department, the Lake Oswego Fire Department, the Canby Fire Department, the Sandy Fire Department and American Medical Response.
Our Dive/Rescue Team has experience in SCUBA, underwater investigations, white-water rescue and high-angle and technical water rescue. All our divers have completed the Dive Rescue I certification through Dive Rescue International, and have Master Diver certification. Most team members are certified First Responders, and one is an Emergency Medical Technician. The team consists of One lieutenant, one sergeant, one detective, and eight deputies.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office