Port Huron Firefighters Better Equipped for Water Rescues

Water safety is always a concern in the Blue Water Area given the amount of water that surrounds the area. The City of Port Huron Fire Department is taking steps to make sure its first responders are properly trained to handle water emergencies. The fire department now has its own underwater rescue team. Twelve firefighters completed the training, and they were given pins at the Port Huron City Council meeting Monday night by Chief Corey Nicholson. The team is not an underwater dive team, but they are trained to use scuba equipment. The twelve firefighters received 100 hours of training over the past 18 months. Chief Nicholson said the department can now more adequately respond to drowning and near-drowning incidents. Many of the training sessions were attended by firefighters on their own time.