Located at Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Station 1, the Water Rescue Team was formed to provide the means necessary to safely rescue citizens who have been trapped or injured in Portland waterways. As part of the Technical Rescue Program, the Water Rescue Team has expanded considerably since its inception.
To improve their ability to respond to water rescue situations, firefighters on the team took part in rescue water craft training at Willamette Falls May 24, 25, and 26 using Portland Fire’s Sea-Doos. Firefighters primarily practiced water rescue skills including pulling victims out of the water with one hand while controlling the rescue craft with the other. They also worked to perfect their skills of balance and throttle control.
Many emergency service groups use personal water craft in water rescues because of the craft's ability to easily navigate water ways and operate in shallow water. The water craft is versatile, extremely maneuverable, quick-moving, and provides PF&R flexibility in the types of rescues that are carried out. Most importantly, the water craft places rescue swimmers at water-level, allowing them faster access to victims in the water.
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE Always Ready, Always There
June 3, 2010