FAIRFIELD, CONN. -- The Fairfield Fire Department recently completed its annual department-wide navigational training aboard Marine 7.
With Lt. Roger Caisse at the helm, the fire companies went out in rotation out of the South Benson Marina to view offshore hazards during low tide. All Fairfield Fire Department personnel are required to maintain boating certification and receive annual training in the operation of their watercraft, according to Caisse.
“The Fairfield Fire Department works closely with our police department’s marine division in responding to medical calls all along our coastline,” Caisse said in a statement. "But it’s extremely important that all our personnel become very familiar with our waters.”
Fire and police vessels frequently are dispatched throughout the year to assist boaters and people who have become trapped by the rising tide or submerged rocks.
Joint marine training with the fire and police departments, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, are in development for later in the year, according to the fire department.