The Gulfport Fire Department Dive Rescue Team is comprised of approximately 25 members who volunteer their time and experience to serve our community. Even though they may be experienced recreational divers, each member undergoes a strenuous training program to become certified to the level of Dive Rescue Specialist. The Dive Rescue Specialist certification is issued through Dive Rescue International, one of the most highly recognized and awarded dive training agencies in the world. GFD also boasts having a Dive Rescue InternationalTrainer/Instructor, one of only a few in the State of Mississippi, on staff to facilitate team training and credentialing.
The GFD Dive Team provides a variety of services including water rescues, search and recovery operations, underwater surveys and reconnaissance, and various marine and dive support functions. The GFD Dive Team has performed drowning victim recoveries, located and recovered evidence used in high profile court cases, provided safety and security inspections for ships in the Gulfport Harbor, and provided additional support for military special operations. The GFD Dive Team has also been called on to assist other agencies including the US Coast Guard and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
The Gulfport Fire Department, and it’s Dive Rescue Team, stands ready 24-7, to provide our citizens, our neighbors, and our working partners with the highest level of public safety diver support and assistance available.