Rescue Services
Divers exiting Fox River
Due to the variety of water environments in the area (lakes, rivers, ponds, drainage ditches, etc.) the Elgin Fire Department Water Rescue and Recovery Team must be prepared for several types of water rescue situations.
  • Evidence Recovery - They assist law enforcement agencies, locally and through mutual aid in crime scene investigations and evidence recovery operations.
  • River Diving - Rescue or recovery of victims using underwater search patterns in a moving water environment.
  • Surface Water Rescue - Rescue of accident victims while they are still on the surface of lakes, ponds and other types of still water.
  • Swift-water Rescue - Rescues performed anywhere near rivers and other types of moving water.
  • Underwater Rescue - Scuba divers performing underwater search patterns to locate near-drowning victims.