Equipped with new Rapid Diver technology, the Punta Gorda Fire Department hopes to lower its water rescue response time to just one minute. The fire department is one of the few in the area that certifies all its members for dive rescues, aside from a few who cannot dive due to medical reasons.
“Punta Gorda is not only surrounded by water, but we have miles and miles of canals,” said Lt. Derrick Stewart.
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