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Regional Officers Take Part in Dive Training

Greenwich, Stamford, Milford & Westport Dive Teams train together

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Greenwich, CT | Added on March 13, 2014 At 02:01 PM

They are sharing the training, just like they share the water.

Marine Officer Tom Etense, Dive Team Captain at the Greenwich Police Department said, "We're trying to get everyone on the same level within our department and within the region as well."

Greenwich Police Department's Dive Team along with personel from the Stamford Fire Department, Milford Police Department & the Westport Police Department as well as the Westport Emergency Medical Services participated in regional dive training Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.

"The concept behind these classes is to learn the fundamentals which allows us to not have to think about it," said Officer Etense.

While diving may not be an everyday activity for emergency response units, Etense says it's important to always be prepared.

"The guy training is is Ed Hayes of Scuba Shack [the only Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) training facility in the Northeast] and he is a techinal cave diver. He goes 300 feet down below and 2 miles in a cave. It's the same principals. It's been perfect under there because you have to be. It's the same principal with us. He is going in a cave 2 miles down, we're going in a car or a school bus," added Officer Etense.

Etense also says being able to work together as a region is key.

"When the time comes they want to be able to trust you. If it's a mult-agency thing and we are there to help Milford, Milford can turn to us and know our training records, know our certifications and they can trust us. If we go down and search for whatever and we come up and say it's clear there is nothing there, they know that it's clear and there is nothing there."

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