Water Rescue Team
CFRS Water Rescue Team, located at Station 45, was formed to provide the
means necessary to safely rescue citizens who have been trapped or
injured in the surrounding waterways. We serve the Carlisle area and 6
townships. We also assist departments in Franklin County, Adams, and
The Carlisle Fire &
Rescue Services Water Rescue Team averages 10 to 15 responses a year.
These calls are for both surface rescues and dive rescues.
The Water Rescue program has expanded
considerably since its inception in 1981.Since 1981 the team has trained
in Swift Water, Still Water & Ice with surface rescue capabilities.
We also have 6 SCUBA
Divers and plan on getting more certified in the near feature. We will
respond any where and assist your department with any type of water call
you may have.
All Water Rescue Team members are
trained to the minimum standard of Swift Water, Boating, and Ice
Rescues. The Team currently has around 20 members on the team. Most of
our water training takes place in the Yellow Breeches and Susquehanna
River in the Harrisburg Area, which is just 20 minutes from our station.
The Team takes frequent training trips to this river and has spent
numerous hours on the water. A full compliment of swift , ice, and dive
water equipment is available including; ropes, hardware, an two
inflatable boats with (2) 25-horse power motor,(1) 55-horse motor, as
well as one 16 foot aluminum boat with 40-horse power motor, PFDs, and
much more which you can see on the last page.
The Water Rescue Team is staffed 24
hours a day with as many up to10-person crew. We have two support
vehicles. Between the two support vehicle they have all the equipment
in. Please take a look at our equipment we have listed on Page 2
The Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services Water Team is
committed to improving their ability to serve the citizens of our first
due area and any other county that may need assistants. If you would
like to become part of our team you may contact the Carlisle Fire &
Rescue Services Water Rescue Team at 717-243-2125 and ask for Deputy
Fire Chief John Heberlig or Email him at