REHOBOTH BEACH — Members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company participated in an advanced Personal Watercraft Rescue Training certification course last week.
International water rescue expert Butch Hendrick, owner of LifeGuard System from New York, was the lead trainer for the course. The 20-hour class consisted of four hours of classroom and 16 hours of intensive on-the-water training. Two brand new jet skis as part of the Rehoboth Fire Company’s water rescue program were utilized in the sessions.
Topics covered included rescuer safety and accident prevention, victim locating, victim extrication, handling and removal and several other maneuvering exercises.
Although most of the waterways in the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company district include the Rehoboth Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the weekend training was head at Red Mill Pond. Earlier efforts to train in the ocean and the bay needed to be postponed due to COVID-19, and at this time of year there are too many people in and near the water to safely train in those areas.
Twelve members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, who already have several certifications in dealing with fire and rescue responses, are now certified in this advanced rescue program for the waterways.