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    Oct 2002

    Question Does anyone know?

    My Grandfather was a scuba diver and was with the Civil Defense in IL. From his scrape book and being at his house when he was called, I remember him going to several different calls. The ones that have really stuck in my mind are; Chester IL, dive to look for a car that went into the Mississippi, car was full of children coming back from swiming pool, breaks went out. 4/5 yr. old girl fell between ramps going up the the U.S.S. Admiral(spelling???). Then there where numerous drownings in Lakes and having to search for guns and stolen things thrown off brideges in St.Louis MO.
    My question, I know this was about 30 years ago. Is there still a Water REscue Team with Civil Defense in IL, or has the FD through the years taken over that roll?

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    May 2000
    Wheaton IL


    Wood Dale ESDA had a dive team for many years but I don't think they are still around. Sorry that's all the info I have.

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    Nov 1999
    Indian River County, Florida

    Default Contact Chief Atchison . . .


    I believe that fire departments have taken over the role of the earlier civil defense dive team. I would recommend that you direct your question to the Chester Fire Department.

    You can reach Chief Milton Atchison at:
    Chester Fire Department
    1330 Swanwick Street
    Chester, IL 62233

    You might also contact the Illinios Fire Chiefs Association at 800-662-0732. Jerry Burke is the Executive Director.

    Good luck!

    Blades Robinson, Executive Director
    International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists

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