© 2016 City of Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue

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WATER RESCUE

National Attention was made in early 2016 when

The Myrtle Beach Fire Department became only the 4th Certified Response Agency

on the East Coast to obtain the

United States Lifesaving Association's

Aquatic Rescue Response Team Certification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Coveted Certification came as a Result of a

Community Risk Assessment done by Deputy Chief Tom Gwyer in 2012. 

After completion of the Project, the Results were brought to the Attention of the

Chicora Rotary Club who sponsored a grant for Water Rescue Equipment. 

From there, Volunteers were given an Opportunity to Complete and Pass a Rigorous

80 Hour Training Schedule of Rescue Techniques in the Ocean and Swift Water.

 

MBFD Ocean Rescue 2019 Statistics

RESCUE SWIMMERS DEPLOYED - 69

ACTIVE SURF RESCUES - 44

BEACH CALLS - 343

LOST/MISSING CHILDREN (ALL LOCATED) - 193

WILDLIFE/MARINE LIFE ISSUES - 139

BEACH ORDINANCE ADVISEMENT - 1529

BEACH SAFETY (PREVENTATIVE MEASURES) - 932

DROWNINGS - 2

The 2019 WATER RESCUE TEAM MEMBERS HAD

2026 CUMULATIVE TRAINING HOURS

SUNNY SWELL

KNOW YOUR AVENUE 

THE MBFD OCEAN RESCUE PROGRAM WELCOMES OUR NEWEST BEACH AMBASSADOR SUNNY SWELL.  CATCH SUNNY SWELL AT THE CITY'S BEACH ACCESSES TO HELP YOU REMEMBER WHICH AVENUE YOU ENTERED THE BEACH.