A crew from Shipman’s Fire Equipment joined the Middletown Fire Department dive team at the Brownstone Quarries, taking the site dive as an opportunity to test an underwater camera.
The exercise was the dive team’s third site dive since obtaining its new dive truck, said Battalion Chief David Anderson. The team trains often to provide rapid response to actual crises — no chaotic running around, but efficient, methodical deployment.
Jerry Wiggins helped Lt. Billy Unikewicz into his gear before the lieutenant hopped into the drink. Unikewicz would be the primary diver on this exercise, and Wiggins his tender.
Anderson said the team comprises 13 designated divers, all of whom volunteer for the team, as well as six designated tenders, and the team travels far and wide.
“The Portland Bridge gives us lots of business — there’s jumpers that go off there,” said Anderson. “We’ve gone as far away as Old Saybrook.”
Anderson said the team would keep its gear on a rescue truck before it got its own gear, but space issues escalated to the point where the team could not pack its gear when it needed to.
Acting Chief Rob Kronenberger said the fire department bought the dive truck in 2013 through its capital non-recurring account, and it went into service in February.
For more information and to watch video of the training, view www.middletownpress.com