The purpose of the
Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team (URRT) is to provide an organized team of qualified
personnel specifically trained and equipped to meet the needs of any water
related incident within the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, F.A.S.T., and MABAS
The dive team is
actively involved in the following agencies, Fire Agency Specialty Team, or
"F.A.S.T.", and the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or "MABAS"
Divisions XII and XVI.
comprised of four departments, Lisle-Woodridge, Westmont, Lemont, and
Romeoville. MABAS Divisions XII and XVI dive teams consists of eight
departments, Addison, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Lisle-Woodridge, Naperville, Oak
Brook, Winfield, and Warrenville.
Dive Team consists of approximately 20 divers and support members. Each member has attended
specialized training in Water Safety and Public Safety Diving. Each of the
divers has obtained the certification of Dive Rescue I Specialist through Dive
Rescue International. To date, all of the divers on the team, have achieved this
level and most have reached to the level of Dive Rescue II Specialist.
To maintain this
level of training, the F.A.S.T. conducts quarterly team drills while the MABAS
Team conducts monthly drills within the two divisions. Each member is required
to maintain his or her current certification level through the Divisions and
keep an active status with our dive team.
Guidelines or SOG’s that were written and approved by the MABAS chiefs are up
and running. These SOG’s are modified at the end of each year to better
protect the divers and support members regarding concerns of safety and
accountability at a dive incident.
Lt. Rudy Chmelik