WATER  RESCUE  TEAM    

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 responses such as search and rescues on Lake Erie,  Swift water rescues in our own jurisdiction and assisting to others such as Fairview FD, Springfield FD, and Cranesville FD, Belle Valley FD, Flood rescues throughout the county and more.

The Lake City Fire Company's water rescue program received it's PA State Water Rescue I Certification in 2006, with the dedicated efforts of Jeff Jobczynski and others. The team and program continue to grow, from the addition of new training requirements to the purchase of new equipment.

       In October 2008 LCFC received it's PA State Water Rescue II Certification. LCFC water rescue team continues the pride of being the most well trained and equipped water rescue resource in the region.

In October 2010 the LCFC Water Rescue Team received its PA Swiftwater Rescue/ Flood Evacuation Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition from the PA State Fire Commissioner, PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. LCFC became one of three teams in the state to achieve this accreditation. This accreditation meets FEMA standards for deployable water rescue teams, making the team a local, state and national asset that can be utilized in a flooding disaster. To meet this accreditation there is a list of equipment and training that must be met.

In 2012 LCFC was awarded a FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant for approximately $124,000 that was used to purchase a 2012 Sealegs Amphibious Rescue Craft. This craft would expand the teams limits while advancing safety measures for the team.

In December of 2012 LCFC purchased a 2013 F-450 Quad Cab chassis for a re-chassis project with the existing Rescue 579 rescue body. In February of 2013 the new chassis and the old 579 traveled to Churchville Fire Equipment for the rechassis. The new Water Rescue 579 was returned in May of 2013 and the project was completed with Graphics from Octane Custom Design of Erie, PA, a custom hitch and step plates by Crowe's Industrial Fabrication and Radio Installation by Eagle Radio. The unit was placed in service in June 2013.


Equipment and Capabilities

The Water Rescue Team has about 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:

PA Water Rescue I Ice Rescue Operations
PA Water Rescue II PA Safe Boating Course
PA Water Rescue III HazMat Technician
Ice Rescue Awareness  
Minimum CPR/AED and Basic First Aid (More than half of the members are EMT-B)
*All Approved Coxswains and Crew undergo a  skills qualification training. and annual skills refresher/ proficiency Demonstration

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  

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 and Pre-Deployments Activations:

Oct. 2012 Hurricane Sandy Pre-Deployment
Sept. 2011 Bloomsburg, PA Tropical Storm Lee Flooding
Aug. 2011  Pre-Deployment for Hurricane Irene
L.C.F.C. W A T E R  R E S C U E  EQUIPMENT

WATER RESCUE 579

201 2013 FORD F-450/E-ONE WALK-IN RESCUE

CARRIES ALL WATER RESCUE GEAR

EQUIPPED TO HAUL BOATS

 

WATER RESCUE 578

2012 SEALEGS AMPHIBIOUS RESCUE CRAFT

115 EVINRUDE E-TEC OUTBOARD

24 HP HONDA INBOARD

 

WATER RESCUE 5710

16' ACHILLES RIGID INFLATABLE WATER RESCUE BOAT

55  H.P YAMAHA JET DRIVE ENGINE

~LAKE RESCUE, CREEK RESCUE  AND POND RESCUES

 

RAPID DEPLOYMENT CRAFT

OCEANID RAPID DEPLOYMENT CRAFT

QUICKLY FILLS WITH USE OF AN SCBA CYLINDER

~ICE RESCUE AND SWIFT WATER RESCUE

 


 

LINKS

PA WATER RESCUE ASSOCIATION

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