Fairfield PD’s Dive Team trained for underwater emergencies
FAIRFIELD — Members of the local police department’s Dive Team trained for underwater emergencies on Friday.
The Dive Team continually trains to prepare for any underwater emergency or investigation in, but not limited to, the waters of Fairfield and the Long Island Sound.
Divers have a regular training regiment and work closely with the department’s Marine Unit so they can respond in unison to any water-related emergencies.
During Friday’s training, the team used one of the department’s drones to help survey and locate items in the water, police said.
The divers are trained in various levels of certification, including surface air supplied diving, ice diving and commercial diving.
Capt. Robert Kalamaras serves as the unit’s field services commander and Sgt. Jason Kline is the unit supervisor.
Officer James Wiltsie, Detective Anthony Vaspasiano, Officer Thomas Gorton and Officer Michael Colwell are all police divers with the unit.
The unit’s training program focuses on drowning prevention, diver safety and thorough underwater investigation.
“The Dive Team strives to be an example to the public on all issues regarding water safety,” the department said.