New scuba suits offer protection for Delaware County public safety dive team

  • Source: KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia
  • Published: 07/10/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A specialized dive team that responds to water emergencies in Delaware County is getting new equipment for the first time in years. The Chester Police and Fire Department's Dive Rescue & Recovery Team is tasked with performing swift water rescues, retrieving underwater evidence for criminal investigations and recovering drowning victims from waterways. The team now has state-of-the-art custom dry suits and full-face masks for each of its 16 members. Delaware County purchased the equipment for about $35,000, according to Chester Bureau of Fire Commissioner J.P. Shirley. "It's probably some of the best gear that's out there, so we're just very fortunate that the county was able to provide us with this new equipment," said Shirley.


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