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Skills Needed for the Rescue Squad

Rescue Squad members are required to certify to at least the Minnesota First Responder level. However, advanced certifications, including EMT, Paramedic, and RN are welcomed.

Squad members must also demonstrate proficiency on squad equipment, including boats, all terrain vehicles (ATV's), radios, GPS receivers, and other gear.

The Rescue Squad has a number of members who are trained in specialized skills. These are tasks which require training above and beyond the basic search and rescue skills such as first aid, cross country navigation, wilderness survival, emergency driving, and small boat handling.

These skills include: 

  • Helicopter Rappel Team
  • Human Trackers
  • K-9 Teams
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Helicopter Rappel Human Trackers K-9 ROV

Searching the Water

Remotely Operated Vehicle KitThrough the combination of donations from local businesses and a federal grant, the Rescue Squad was able to purchase an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) in 2004. The ROV is basically a miniature submarine, controlled from the surface via a tether. The unit that was purchased is manufactured by VideoRay and has sonar, cameras, and lights attached. 

With the ROV they are able to search underwater without endangering the lives of divers. The SeaSprite scanning sonar allows the ROV to search an area more quickly than a diver, even in extremely low visibility conditions such as the Duluth Harbor.

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St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman

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