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
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.