ENGINE COMPANY OPERATIONS: VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN WATER
Emergency services trade magazines, courses, and videos present much information regarding vehicle accidents that occur on land, but very little information is currently available about vehicle accidents that involve a body of water. Not only is Florida surrounded by water but, like many other localities, it also contains countless natural and man-made bodies of water. Water-retention areas, such as canals, ponds, lakes, creeks, are required for virtually all types of construction in our state. These bodies of water are in our neighborhoods, lie dangerously close to highways, and are along rural roads. Often, we are called to incidents where vehicles, many times with people inside, have intentionally or accidentally left the road and ended up in the water.