Rehoboth volunteer firefighters practice personal watercraft rescue

Members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company recently participated in an advanced personal watercraft rescue training certification course.

International water rescue expert Butch Hendrick, owner of LifeGuard System in New York City, was the main trainer for the course. The 20 hour course included four hours of classroom work and 16 hours of intensive water training. Two brand new personal watercraft from the RBVFC water rescue program were used during the sessions.

Topics covered included lifeguard safety and accident prevention, victim location, extrication, handling and removal, as well as several other maneuvering exercises.

Although the waterways in the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company district include Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the weekend training was held at Red Mill Pond. Previous efforts to train in the ocean and bay had to be postponed due to COVID-19, and during the summer season there are too many people in and near the water to train safely. security in these areas.

The fire company thanks the residents of Red Mill Pond for their understanding regarding the noise and waves caused by the training.

A group of 12 members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, who already have multiple fire response and rescue certifications, are now certified in this advanced waterway rescue program.

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