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Water Rescue

Water Rescue is a service called upon any time of the year.

Due to the many bodies of water, Otonabee River, Trent-Severn Waterway, and Jackson Creek, there is a high risk with water-related accidents. The Otonabee River and Trent Severn Waterway have thousands of visitors who swim, fish, boat, sail, canoe, snowshoe, and ski on, and cross over these waterways on 5 dams and over 10 bridges. Most people are safe and respectful of the water, currents and off-season cold temperatures.

When a 911 call is made for water rescue, our Standard Operating Procedure calls for two rescue units to be dispatched, one for primary rescue, and 2nd for back-up. There are 3 levels of response:

  1. Shore-based only
  2. Boat-based
  3. Controlled water entry
Peterborough Fire Services is designated as Level 3 Water Rescue Response, using 3 flat bottom boats, throw ropes, swiftwater rescue gear, and cold water immersion suits.
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