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Water Rescue & Recovery Team
Mission Statement
The Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue and Recovery Team’s mission is to provide a professional response to water rescue and recovery incidents to the residents and visitors of the City of Elgin.

About Rescue & Recovery
2008 Elgin Fire Department Dive Team
The Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue and Recovery Team was founded in 1976 as a special unit of the Elgin Fire Department. Since that time, all of the department members have been trained to be shore tenders to assist divers at the scene.

There are over 12 Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue and Recovery Team members on the Elgin Fire Department. The Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue And Recovery Team responds to all water rescue calls within the city and is called out to other areas in need of mutual aid. All of the divers must attain at least their Dive Rescue 1 certification, Advance Diver Certification, Dry Suit certification, Ice Diver certification, and many members are certified in Swift water rescue, Boat Operator certified or Divemaster certified.

The Elgin Fire Department Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue and Recovery Team is organized for rapid rescue response, responding quickly, gathering information, and deploying two or more rescuers to perform a rapid and effective search and retrieval.