For the second year, the Parker Water and Sanitation District (District) is providing a training venue for the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA). Recently at Rueter-Hess Reservoir, a total of 24 SMFRA Public Safety Divers participated in a buddy-dive, disconnected from their usual communication and safety tether line. This allows the divers to work on skills like buoyancy, air consumption, depth calculations and navigation.
“The South Metro Dive Rescue Team greatly appreciates the partnership that we have developed with Parker Water, giving us the opportunity to improve our deep diving skills and abilities, while staying in our response area to maintain service to our citizens,” said SMFRA Captain Dan Goldan.
Rueter-Hess Reservoir provides greater visibility than SMFRA’s normal venues, allowing divers to actually see their gauges and compasses for navigation. It also affords them greater depth than their standard 15-25 foot flat lakes and reservoirs traditionally used. Rueter-Hess Reservoir is currently over one-hundred feet deep, holding over 29,000 acre-feet of water. This deeper water level gives the divers more real life experience in monitoring the greater air consumption that comes with increased depth, as well as the buoyancy challenges that occur when descending and ascending.
The collaborative spirit of the District and SMFRA working together to enhance public safety, also creates efficiencies in continuing the ability for the fire authority to respond to emergencies. Alternative venues in the past have included Aurora Reservoir and Standley Lake in Westminster, both of which affected the Authority’s response posture.
The District and SMFRA plan to continue working together to provide this essential annual training that is beneficial for the Public Safety Divers and the citizens they serve.