About the Team

Since the early 1980's the Lake City Fire Company has been a water rescue resource for West County Pennsylvania. With the Lake Erie and Elk Creek risks of a water rescue emergency, LCFC began and continues to develop its water rescue program to meet the growing needs. Throughout the last 25+ years LCFC has been utilized for water rescue search and rescues throughout Erie County. The team stands ready to respond wherever called upon.

Team Milestones

1984: Purchase of 16’ Achilles rescue boat was made.

June 2006: PA State Water Rescue I Certification

April 2008: Purchased a used 1985 Chevy/E-One rescue truck from Munhall FD, Pa for Water Rescue Truck.

October 2008: PA State Water Rescue II Certification

October 2010: PA Swiftwater Rescue/ Flood Evacuation Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition

February 2012: FEMA AFG Grant for 2012 Sealegs Amphibious Rescue Craft

December 2012: Purchase of F-450 for re-chassis of Water Rescue Truck

October 2014: New 16’ Achilles Rescue Boat with 40 HP jet funded through NWPA ERG. Boat set up for Swiftwater/Flood Rescue.

August 2015: New 18’ Inmar Rescue Boat purchased to replace 1984 Achilles. Boat set up for Lake/Open Water Rescue

August 2015: Purchase of 2015 F-450 with Reading Utility body to add to towing/ response capabilities.

Ongoing evaluation of the teams needs of today and future continue upgrades to equipment, PPE and training. We hope to continue advancing to a VRSR Level II team in the near future.

LCFC WATER  RESCUE  EQUIPMENT

2013 FORD F-450/E-ONE WALK-IN RESCUE

CARRIES ALL WATER RESCUE GEAR

EQUIPPED TO HAUL BOATS

2012 SEALEGS AMPHIBIOUS RESCUE CRAFT

115 EVINRUDE E-TEC OUTBOARD

24 HP HONDA INBOARD

2014 16' ACHILLES RIGID INFLATABLE WATER RESCUE BOAT

40 H.P YAMAHA JET DRIVE ENGINE

SWIFTWATER/FLOOD AND OPEN WATER RESCUES

2014 18’INMAR RIGID INFLATABLE WATER RESCUE BOAT

Inmar Inflatable Boats

40  H.P YAMAHA JET DRIVE ENGINE

LAKE RESCUE AND OPEN WATER RESCUE

OCEANID RAPID DEPLOYMENT CRAFT

ICE RESCUE AND SWIFT WATER RESCUE

2005 INTERNATIONAL LIFELINE BLS RESCUE SQUAD

SHELTER, CHANGING ROOM AND EMS SUPPORT FOR TEAM.

1996 FORD QUADCAB F-350

CARRIES ADDITIONAL CREW, GEAR, BOAT OR MULE

2015 F-450 WITH READING BODY

CARRIES ADDITIONAL CREW, GEAR, BOAT OR MULE

**IN PRODUCTION**

2014 KAWASAWKI MULE 3010 4X4

ALLOWS FOR ACCESS ALONG CREEK AND REMOTE AREAS WITH ROOM FOR CREW OF 5 AND GEAR

(Loaned by Off-Road Express Erie, Pa)

ENCLOSED SUPPLY TRAILER

CARRIES ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES AND GEAR. RESPONDS DURING DEPLOYMENTS WITH NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND FOOD.

The Water Rescue Team has 12 members trained and personally equipped. Each team member has the following assigned:

Dry Suit (Custom Sized)

Swift Water PFD

Water Rescue Work Boots

Water Rescue Gloves

Rescue Helmet w/Headlamp

Water Rescue Response Bag

Eye Protection

Flashlight

Handheld Flares

Whistle

Rescue Knife

Accountability tag

The members must complete a minimum of the following:

Water Rescue and Emergency response

Ice Rescue Operations

Emergency Boat Operations and Rescue

PA Safe Boating Course

Advanced Line systems Rescue

Hazardous Materials Operations

Ice Safety – Basic Survival and Rescue

ICS-200 

ICS-100

ICS-700

Helicopter Safety

Annual Swim/Skills Qualification.

Minimum CPR/AED and Basic First Aid (More than half of the members are EMT-B)

*All Approved Coxswains and Crew undergo an skills qualification training and annual skills refresher/ proficiency Demonstration

Additional members training includes:

USCG Boating Skills and Seamanship

Ropes and Rigging Courses

  Lake and Pack Ice Rescue

Dive Training Workshop

The teams equipment inventory to meet PA VRSR  Swiftwater/Flood Evacuation:

Mobile and portable radios

Body Bags

Rigging Plates

Cellular and Satellite Phone

Racks

Forcible Entry Tool

BLS medical kit

Carabineers, locking D Steel

Fuel Cans

Floatation Spine Board

Chainsaw w/ kit

GPS. Handheld

Stokes Litter

Accountability ring

Sledge Hammer

Axe/Handsaw

Compass

Victim Helmets

Exposure Jackets

Line Thrower

Type III Victim PFD's

Knot Passing Pulleys

Megaphone

Night Vision Goggles

Reaching Pole

8mm Prusiks

Rescue Rated Pulleys

200' 1/2"min.  Rope w/ Bag

300' 1/2"min.  Rope w/ bag

600' 1/2"min  Rope w/ bag

Search Dog Flotation Device

Hand Shovel

Swimmer Rescue Boards

50'-75' Rescue Throw Bags

Water Sampling Kit

1" Webbing 12@20' and 6@50'

Manual Air Pump

Non Powered 4 person Boat

Boat Repair Kit

Boat w 15HP minimum motor

Motor Flush Kit

Paddles 2 per boat

Fire Extinguishers 1 per boat

Boat oil and fuel supply

Sound device 1 per boat

Throwable Floatation Device

Aerial Flares

Ice Saws

Ice Staphs

Chemical light Sticks

 

 

Public Relations Events/Water Safety training:

LCFC Open House

National Night Out Displays

McKean Elementary Water Safety

Area FD Open Houses

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Groups

Website and Facebook Promotions

 

Additional Specialty Equipment: 

ResQMax Line Throwing Device

Night Vision Googles

Rope Rescue Sling Shot

Stokes Basket Floatation System

The team has been trained, qualified and has conducted the following types of water rescue emergencies: 

Lake Search and Rescue (Open Water)

Swift Water Rescue

Ice Rescue

Flood Evacuation / Rescue

Partially Submerged Vehicle Rescue

Technical Water Rescue

Deployment/Pre-Deployments Activations:(Outside of standard incidents)

Oct. 2012 Hurricane Sandy Pre-Deployment

Sept. 2011 Bloomsburg, PA Tropical Storm Lee Flooding

Aug. 2011  Pre-Deployment for Hurricane Irene

Multiple Erie County and Crawford County Heavy Rainfall events

 


 LINKS

PA WATER RESCUE ASSOCIATION

PA VRSR CERTIFICATION

ERIE,PA NEAR SHORE BUOY

COAST GUARD

PA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION

DCNR


QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR THE LAKE CITY FIRE COMPANY WATER RESCUE TEAM CAN BE EMAILED TO waterrescue@lakecityfire.org