The Public Safety Dive Team consists of citizen volunteers and law enforcement personnel under the direction of the Sheriff. The Dive Team coordinates activities with the Water Patrol Unit and is dedicated to providing high quality service to the citizens of Otter Tail County. This would include surface and underwater searches, underwater victim recovery, evidence recovery, and efforts to increase public awareness of water hazards.
Most of the team has had training through Life Guard Systems’ (LGS) Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue / Recovery Course. Most members also have ice dive certification and other advanced diving certifications. The team trains on a monthly basis.
The Dive Team’s trailer, containing miscellaneous supplies, is stored at the Ottertail Operations Center.