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FACT
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) & Center for Disease

Control (CDC)  Over 500 Vehicle Submersion Deaths occur annually

in Florida. Automobile engineering has made cars water -tight allowing victims to

breath from trapped air pockets.  This gives rescuers a chance to rescue occupants




​With the growing rise in automobile submersion fatalities in Florida and the East Lake Community, East Lake Fire Rescue has recently developed a state of the art Water Extrication Team. This team is like no other in the area. Traditional dive teams are slow to deploy and often act as a recovery team. The WET Team is a rapidly deployed team of two to four divers using rapid extrication SCUBA equipment. This specialty scuba equipment is designed to allow rescuers to rapidly don the gear in under 20 seconds and enter the water to rescue victims from sub-surface water environments.
*** Our Goal is to Rescue....Not Recover ***
Firefighters  have access to this low profile equipment on every fire engine so there is  no need to call for dive units which are often 30 minutes or more away. The WET Team is available to neighboring communities when needed.  We believe in arming our Firefighters with the best tools available to keep them safe and successful!



Water Extrication Team

( WET Team)


 Our WET Team concept was developed by

Lt.  Gary Hurlbut, an 11 year member of East Lake  Fire Rescue and a 22 year PADI Master Scuba  Diver Trainer(MSDT). Under Lt. Hurlbut's  supervision, select firefighters undergo an  extensive training program to including Open  Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Full Face Mask, and Rapid Diver-Public Safety Diver  certifications.


 For more information on the WET Team

contact LT. Gary Hurlbut @ ghurlbut@elfr.org

Demonstrations available upon request