While CCDRT does not perform commercial dive salvage and recovery operations, we do perform a public safety service.
Occasionally, valuable or dangerous items are lost in boating accidents. In this case, a boater in a local lake capsized and among other items, a firearm was lost. Fortunately, the boater was fine and no injuries were suffered.
On July 31, 2017, Park Rangers notified Clark County Dive Rescue President Phil Graf and Vice President Jeremy Burnett, by e-mail, requesting the help of recovering items that went into the lake from a capsized boat from the day before. Graf replied back on the date and time of when the Dive Team would be at Battleground lake and requested that the owner of the boat be there as well.
On August 12, 2017, at approx. 9:30am, the owner of the boat met up with the Dive Team at the boat launch of Battleground Lake and showed the team of where he capsized his boat at the north end of the lake. A diver then took a buoy out to the approx. area for a starting point to start the search for the items. Two divers then began the search, at which time an item was found and the buoy was moved to mark that spot. The search continued until 1:30pm and three out of the five items were located and given back to the owner. Reference of where the boat capsized and distance from a point on the shore to the buoy was noted, in case future recovery of the other items is conducted.
Our General Meetings are on the first Thursday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the "Washington State School for the Blind" in the classroom (across from the pool) in the Kennedy Fitness Center, which is located on the north side of the school. (must use East McLoughlin Blvd entrance).
Kennedy Fitness Center - Washington State School for the Blind
2305 E McLoughlin Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
This meeting is open to the public and prospective members!
CCDRT member train and equip at personal expense. Generous donations from community supporters make a huge difference in our ability to provide public safety services to the county and surrounding communities.
Please consider donating a training course, or a portion of the cost.
We're happy to have new members prospecting with us at the moment, but we're always looking for more folks to come join us. The process to join is very easy!
Last weekend at our regularly scheduled "Second Saturday" exercise,(at Battleground Lake this time) two current members finished up their Full Face Mask certification, while 3 prospective members (including two certified and actively working commercial divers) observed the exercises.
2016 was a year of re-building for Clark County Dive Rescue. As with any volunteer organization, personnel come and go with the tides of their other obligations. 2014 and 2015 experienced an ebb in CCDRT activities that was reversed this year.
Emergency Response diving is not a trivial undertaking. It requires a level of dedication and training unqiue among divers- to be willing to dive in all kinds of conditions; cold, black water, contaminated water, swift water. To undertake a level of financial committment to purchase your own equipment, train at your own expense to provide a level of professional competence that your team mates and community can reply upon in an emergency. To be willing to sacrifice your personal time each month to attend business meetings and training. To participate in fundraising and community outreach and education. To sign up to be called out for emergencies any time of day or night. These things require a large number of people to undertake a large effort in order to present a functional team to the emergency management function of our county.
2016 was the year we re-built that capacity, more or less from scratch. We trained and certified new divers to the Operations Level of ERDI, filed applications for new members to become Washington State Emergency Workers (with background checks), shepherded our entire team through initial and refresher FEMA ICS training, and worked on our intra-team communications and coordinations skills.
All of that work has paid off. As we enter 2017, CCDRT is back and operational, ready to be called out by CRESA for any regional water-related emergency needs via the Active 911 app.
Much thanks to our emergency management community partners in the Clark Sheriff's Office, CRESA, and the Washignton Emergency Management Department. Special thanks to our local private business partner Seven Seas Scuba for supporting our team with special rates on equipment and air.
You may not know that Washington ranks 11th in volunteer rates in the nation!
In the Washington State Service Plan for 2016-18, our three primary goals are to:
And don't forget; we're recruiting volunteers as well!