Our Equipment

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Marine Rescue responds to a wide array of emergencies with a variety of vehicles and gear. Each situation is different and determines not only who, but what type of apparatus, will be sent to a scene. We employ several different modes of transportation that enable us to reach each type of emergency scene and, due to our environment, they are unique in some aspects. 

TRUCKS

The Division utilizes two four-wheel drive pick-up trucks and they carry emergency response equipment such as, oxygen, rescue surf boards, spine-boards, large "jump kits" (first aid), shovels, and fire extinguishers.

The trucks are normally assigned to, and driven by, the supervisor on duty. These vehicles are also equipped with public address systems that allow us to update visitors on weather, dangerous conditions that exist in the water, and aid us when looking for lost persons.
 

In order to respond to emergencies on and off the beach these trucks are outfitted with emergency lights and sirens.  When you hear a siren on the beach, please stop what you are doing, look around to see if you need to move out of the way as these vehicles make their way to emergencies.  Your help and immediate action may save a life!

 

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVs)

These vehicles are the true workhorses of the Division.  They are highly maneuverable vehicles and are used by the lifeguards for daily patrols, as well as for responses to emergencies along the beach and adjacent roadways.  

They are an "off-road", all-wheel drive vehicle that is capable of high speeds for quick-response to almost any of the emergencies we encounter in and out of the park's boundaries.  They can also be used to transport patients from the shoreline to an awaiting EMS ambulance out in the parking lot or roadway.

Our ATVs are equipped with emergency lights, a rescue can or belt, rescue surf board, medical jump-kit and oxygen.
 

PERSONAL WATER CRAFT (PWC)

The division utilizes 2 Sea-Doo Personal Water Crafts to patrol the swim areas, adjacent shorelines and waterways.  The PWCs respond to a multitude of water emergencies along our barrier islands, coastal areas and river environments during normal weather and storm events. 

The PWC's drive unit is water "jet-propulsion" system, instead of a "prop" or propellor.  Due to this feature, the PWC is capable of operating in as little as two to three feet of water and can be safely used for rescues in heavily populated swim areas by our trained personnel. 

Each of the PWCs are outfitted with an Extractor Rescue Sled, which makes it excellent for victim retrieval in both surf and non-surf conditions. It is an extremely versatile and dependable rescue component within the Division arsenal.  The PWC, with the Rescue Sled attached, supports a driver, a rescuer and two victims.  It is capable of high speed response to a wide array of emergency situations in the aquatic environment.