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What are you doing to find funds for your team?

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by crls, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. 200 Bar

    200 Bar Public Safety Diver

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    Location: Tampa
    We dont train with wrecker drivers...We do train them not to smoke when they are removing vehicles for us..:D .Our rotation list has over 50 wreckers.. Although we train monthly, we utilize that time in training with new equipment or training newer divers with old equipment. We train with the VRS-2000 if a vehicle goes off a bridge and we need to get it closer to shore and we tow the vehicle with our dive vessel until close enough for the wrecker cable !!!
    We don't drive their wreckers and they don't use our equipment...On some secret squirrel occasions we use our own wrecker to pull a vehicle from the drink...(not the dive teams, but fleet maintenance)..But we found the tow truck drivers cant see out hand signals anyway ...hheheheh
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2009
  2. 200 Bar

    200 Bar Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Tampa

    Blades did you give a seminar in Chiefland last month for DUI Dog days ..??
  3. DM95

    DM95 PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Long Island, N.Y.
    Here on Long Island we have so many Fire Departments(tax funded) with redundant equipment in various station houses and its all volunteer. They even have racing teams that compete against each other. Then we get the donation letters throughout the year.

    We literally have departments within blocks of each other that cover different districts and they all keep growing instead of consolidating to be "Fiscally Responsible." This is due to the fact that each department has its own hierarchy that would never think of giving control to a different district only 6 blocks away. Such a waste of funds.

    Now, I don't know if the above department is all paid or volunteer or what it's district size is but it is a sorry state of affairs out there. Do they have a back up dive truck? Did they need it in the first place? Is it a redundant service the police provide?

    I know when the local volunteer FD dive team responded(first call out in a very long time) to a small plane down in the Great South Bay, they were not allowed to go in even though they were first on the scene because the PD Harbor Unit called it a crime scene(even though they had no information about the crash) and made them wait on shore even though their boat was in the water. The pilot, who was obviously DOA was pulled out by PD divers who respond much later than the "Vollies" did.

    All the training and expense of equipment is basically wasted when you are not allowed to use it but departments keep adding and growing teams that have very limited use because they have to get rid of the money by the end of the year.

    It's a shame to see the waste up here while departments in other areas are fighting for their very existence. :(
  4. BladesRobinson

    BladesRobinson ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Here are two ideas that are pretty unique!

    1) Galveston Police Department is selling a DVD to raise funds to replace equipment lost durring hurricane Ike.

    2) The team leader from St. Clair County Dive Team is allowing citizens to tour his unique waterfront home in Port Huron for $10 per person. (Way to go Wayne!!!)

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    December 28, 2009

    Family puts labor of love on display

    Times Herald
    It took three years to complete their home. Now, the Brusates are offering a peek of their labor of love to the public as a way to raise funds for the St. Clair County Dive Team.

    Wayne Brusate said he was on the property at 1002 Michigan St. in Port Huron nearly every day through the construction process. The nearly 5,000-square-foot home, which sits along the St. Clair River with a view of passing freighters and the Blue Water Bridge, created a buzz throughout the community as it was erected.

    Brusates, a chief with the county's dive team for nearly 40 years and a commercial diver, said he decided to have an open house to benefit the team because funding is scarce. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

    "The budget we have left just isn't enough," he said. "Without the dive team raising it on their own, we wouldn't be able to function like we do."

    St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said funding was cut about 58%, from $25,229 in 2008 to $10,685 in 2009.

    The divers respond to a variety of incidents, including rescues and recoveries, he said. The team also assists with events such as the Float Down and offshore boat races in St. Clair.

    "When you look at the 110 miles of coasts we've got here, all the ponds and rivers, (the dive team is) tremendously important, and we've got a great asset and we're trying to keep it working," Donnellon said.

    Brusates said construction of his home brought a lot of attention, so he figured he'd capture that for the team.

    Rick Mills, owner of East Lakes Builders, said his staff was on site less than two years building the four-story home.

    He said the structure is a cross between a commercial and residential building. It has everything from a crane capable of picking up a boat along the river to a rock climbing wall in the basement, geothermal heating and old wooden boats hanging from the ceiling. It's also wheelchair-accessible with an elevator.

    Mills said people constantly were asking questions as they constructed the home, which he said was "the most technically challenging house" he has built.

    Brusates said he was involved in every aspect of the project. He said he filled his basement with artifacts and finds from dives.

    Dive suits from several different eras are on display, along with propellers, anchors and glass bottles from in old wrecks.

    Brusate was among the divers who discovered the Regina in Lake Huron between Lexington and Port Sanilac in 1986. The Canadian steamer sank during a storm in 1913.

    Brusate has several artifacts from the shipwreck, including whiskey bottles.

    Until the house was constructed, Brusate said he didn't have anywhere to display his treasures.

    "It's amazing," he said. "I didn't know I had so much stuff."

    Additional Facts

    The Brusates are having an open house from 4 p.m. to about 7 p.m. today at their home at 1002 Michigan St., Port Huron.
    Cost is $10 per person, and tickets will be sold at the door.
    Proceeds benefit the St. Clair County Dive Team.

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    --- In SAR-Diver@yahoogroups.com, "wbladesr" wrote: > > GALVESTON - The supply of DVD's produced by Galveston police officers is about gone, according to Sgt. Renaye Ochoa and Detective Scott Pena, the team behind the production. > > Hundred of photos were snapped before, during and after the destructive onslaught of Ike on September 13, 2008. Taken by from the windows and balconies of the San Luis Hotel where officers were sheltered when Ike made landfall, these photos captured moments not seen by anyone else. > > The DVD contains over 700 pictures developed into a slideshow presentation with musical background and can be played on computer or television screen and depicts all the drama and excitement of actually 'being there' when it happened. > > Proceeds from sales are being used to replace valuable dive equipment lost in the storm, most of which was the personal equipment of individual police dive team members. > > The DVD's are available by calling or emailing Sgt. Ochoa. 409-765-3686 or rochoa@... It may also be purchased in the lobby of police headquarters at 601 54th St., Galveston. > > "Hurricane Ike" the DVD is available for $10. >

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