Camden firefighters Andrew Lowe, Robert French Jr, Wade Ward, Cheyne Hansen, Caleb Emerson, Phil Hilt, Todd Anderson and Scott Entwistle, along with Bangor firefighter and Lazy Jack relief captain Jim Metcalf participated in a three-day public safety rescue swimmer training program on Camden Harbor, July 28-30.

Ocean Rescue Systems instructor Joe Mokry provided the training. Mokry is a member of the Cape Elizabeth Fire-Rescue WET (Water Extrication Team). His instructional experience includes training U.S. Coast Guard Rescue swimmers, U.S. Air Force parajumpers and at the South Korea National Fire Academy.

The Camden training took place in the harbor water and around Curtis Island. Future trainings will take place on Lake Megunticook.

The training enables the Camden Fire Department to be prepared for emergencies that may take place on the water. Firefighters practiced skills in recovering the injured or stranded near cliffs or rocky areas. Training also included locating injured persons and preparing them for medical transport.

Atlantic Engine Company 2 raised funds to acquire the equipment and provide it to Camden’s firefighters. Donations were received from the community, Megunticook Lake Association and West Bay Rotary.