This inquiry is for any fire dept that recently formed (or forming) a dive team (or had a part in the study used for determining this need): The questions are these:

1) How was the determination made to have this level of service for your community (scuba vs skin diving)? did you have numbers to show and water fatalities that could have been prevented had scuba gear been available sooner? or just want to stay proactive...

2) How are u staffing your dive team? using on duty crews off suppression/ems units and do u usually have enough ffs on any given day to run an operation with backup team ready? (question is intended for smaller fire depts <50ffs)

3) what Level of training are you accepting i.e. PADI, NAUI recreational diving certs? or are the new divers being held to public safety diver standards (wasn't NFPA including dive as part of their tech rescue standards now?) and are you providing all the necessary training/open water dives per year on duty--

4) are you providing incentive pay for this? if so, how much...

thank you very much for your responses!!