The Orange Fire Department has its own Swiftwater Rescue team and was one of the first departments in the county to provide this resource, which is available to respond at a moment's notice anywhere in the county. The team is equipped with the most modern rescue equipment, including jet skis, for immediate deployment.
Members of the Orange Fire Department Swiftwater rescue team that responded with Orange County Task Force 5 to the floods in Northern California in January 1997.
From left to right: Engineer Jim Van Dalsam, Captain Bob Frick, Firefighter Brian Wroblewski, Firefighter Ron Sanchez.
OFD swiftwater members training with rescue equipment on the American River in Northern California
Some of the conditions the team experienced while on assignment in Northern California.