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Telford Volunteer Dive and Rescue Unit

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 11:44:16 PM
Updated: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 11:44:16 PM

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Founded in 1947, Telford Diving and Rescue Unit, was born by the unfortunate drowning of a young person in a low-head dam. A member from the Telford Fire Company, an Ex-Navy Diver, put on an Air-pack, filled his pockets with rocks and crawled under the dam. Though, the victim was not found, the members of the Fire Company realized that the area did not have any organization that could help in the recovery of drowning victims. Shortly thereafter the Telford Fire Company formed a Diving Unit (aka TDU). Since that day, the Dive Unit has separated from their founding Company and has been designated as The Telford Volunteer Diving and Rescue Unit, Station 64, based in Harleysville, PA and dispatched by Montgomery County Emergency Services. TDU has traveled many miles to help look for drowning victims, in turn hoping to help families put a close to their tragedy. Some of these recoveries have taken the members to New York, New Jersey, Ohio and even Canada. Many man hours were needed to find those victims and sometimes those man hours for naught, though the families knew that TDU had put forth a great effort to help them say goodbye to their loved ones. We are a 100% Volunteer organization that meets on every Monday Night, except holidays, for drill and 1 Sunday every month for a dive drill. The first Monday of every month is set aside for business meetings. ********** Volunteers wanted ********** We are currently looking for volunteers to help out in the following areas - ** Diver ** Boat Operator ** Land Operations ** Trustee ** Event Support ** If interested in any of the above, please contact 610-287-8911 and leave a message in the general voice mail box. A member of the Unit will contact you to answer any questions. *************************************** Our Vehicles - 1992 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Dually designated as 64-Utility 1991 Ford E-350 Pierce Horton Ambulance - reconfigured for Scuba equipment, designated as 64-Scuba 16' Wells Cargo - Surfaced Supplied Diver Systems (SSDS) - this vehicle stores 8 4500PSI Air Cascade bottles along with all equipment needed for surface supplied air. (Air Umbilicals, Dive Helmets, Dry Suits, Weight belts, Weighted boots, communications etc), designated as 64-Special Service 16' Aluminum Boat w/ 40hp Yamaha Outboard Jet Drive designtated as 64-Marine 1 14' Avon Inflatable w/ 25 hp Mercury Outboard Prop designated as 64-Marine 2
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