Leadership

THE ROUND TABLE

Issue 8 and Volume 117.

THE ROUND TABLE DEPARTMENTS Water Rescue Operations—Part 1 RESCUE OPERATIONS have always received important attention from the fire service. In many areas of this country response to waterfront rescue incidents and drownings have increased. This has been due to a rise in public popularity of water sports and has led more and more fire departments to review their recovery practices and equipment needs. Trained SCUBA divers are being employed with greater frequency at water accident scenes. While many of these are fire fighters, it is interesting to note that cooperation with civil defense, police and local skin-diving clubs is much in evidence. The use of small boats, outboard motors, drag bars and other tools peculiar or incidental to this operation is popular. It requires no clairvoyance to predict that continuing greater use by the public will be made of our water resources in the future. This means the incidence of…

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