- August 3, 2018
The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue and Recovery Team consists of Sworn Deputies, Reserve Deputies and Qualified Community Volunteers. Our active professional team requires all Rescue Divers to possess credentials from the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Basic Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Dive Rescue certifications. Several members have achieved their Dive Master rating and the team is lead by two Open Water Dive Instructors. All divers are issued full dive gear, including all necessary breathing apparatus, wetsuit, dry suit and underwater communication devices. Our team uses state of the art underwater electronics such as Side Scan Sonar, Magnetometer and Metal Detectors.
A specially equipped Dive Trailer carries all necessary equipment in support of extended operations at the scene of an incident. The team employs two shallow water Rescue One jet boats for operations on the lower Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Our team is supported by the LPCSO Boating Safety Unit for all other deployments. The LPCSO Dive Team works closely with the Buckskin Fire Department, Parker Fire Department and CRIT Fire/Police departments in joint operations. Specialized dive equipment was purchased with funds from the Law Enforcement & Boating Safety Fund grant, administered by the Arizona State Parks Department.
When watercraft is needed for support, the Dive team has access to the Sheriff’s Department pontoon boat and rescue boats, which can be brought to the scene for dive operations and support. Members of the Boating Safety Division also provide dive support and security through the use of Department Patrol Boats.
La Paz County Divers are frequently called upon for lake, river and canal rescue and recovery, evidence search and retrieval, surface and subsurface Search and Rescue operations, and assistance to other agencies. They have been utilized for swift water wash and flood rescue to retrieve persons trapped by running or standing flood waters.