#7 Emergency Marine Response Unit
Emergency Marine Response Unit
The Owen Sound waterfront is an ideal destination for local residents and visitors alike to enjoy water-based activities. The city's harbour attracts pleasure craft, large commercial ships and, at times, cruise ships, too!
With this marine activity has come a need to have trained personnel to deal with water-related emergencies, including water rescue and ice rescue. The Owen Sound Fire Department has met this need with a trained team to respond to these types of emergencies.
Rescue and recovery operations make up the bulk of responses to which the team is called.
For land-based water rescues, life rings, rope, poles and personal floatation devices are used in rescue operations. For boat rescue operations, a Rigid Hull Inflatable is employed. The rescue team has both rapid rescue response and SAR training. The crew consists of a coxswain and two crewmen.
The Zodiac is used for rescues, as well.
The characteristics of ice rescue:
- Shore assisted
- Platform based
- Go/Contact Rescues
- Marsars boards-sled, shuttle and related rescue equipment
- Ice Commander suits
- Training and certification