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Welcome to the Official Website for the Friendship Fire Company No.2

Diving-Rescue Unit & UAV Search Team

The inception of the Friendship Fire Company Diving-Rescue Unit, Chester County Station 77, dates back to 1952 with the core mission of aiding those in distress. Since our establishment, we have tirelessly strived to deliver our specialized services whenever and wherever the need has arisen.

Our team is composed entirely of dedicated volunteers. Currently, we extend our specialized search, rescue, and recovery services to the police and fire departments within the tri-county area. These services encompass underwater recovery of drowning victims, water rescues, ice rescues, and underwater searches for evidence and items. While even the smallest assistance can make a significant difference, it demands committed men and women to offer that assistance.

This is why we are particularly thrilled to welcome new volunteers who share our dedication to making a positive impact on the world. Would you like to support our cause by contributing to our efforts? If so, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. A helping hand is always warmly received!

No Caption Monthly Company Drill - Diving & Dive Tending Skills

UAV Pilot Rick Rotondo, February 21

This past weekend, for our February monthly drill, we focused on diving skills, with our team practicing search patterns in the Schuylkill Canal at Lock 60 to locate “evidence.” Our experienced dive tenders provided valuable training to the newer members, enhancing our team's expertise. We also deployed our DJI M30t drone for aerial overwatch, ensuring the drill ran smoothly and safely. It was a productive ... (Full Story & Photos)

Nighttime Drone Operations Training in West Goshen

UAV Pilot Rick Rotondo, February 02

Recently, our team of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilots collaborated with counterparts from the Chester County Haz-Mat Team, West Chester Borough Police Department, and Pennsylvania Canine Search and Rescue - Pacsar to conduct a night-time training exercise. This session focused on search operations using thermal imaging drones. Concurrently, we incorporated a National Institute of Standards and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Friendship Diving-Rescue Unit Assists in West Brandywine Search

UAV Pilot Rick Rotondo, January 31

Our team was recently deployed to support the PA State Police in a search operation. We utilized our DJI M30t drone in coordination with units from the Pennsylvania State Police and the West Brandywine Police Department, each also deploying their own drones for the operation. The search was concluded successfully.... (Full Story & Photos)

Friendship Diving-Rescue Unit Assists in Search for Missing Individuals in Wallace Township

UAV Pilot Rick Rotondo, December 07

Yesterday, shortly before 3 PM, Friendship Diving-Rescue Unit was dispatched to support Station 48, Glen Moore Fire Company, with a search operation for two missing individuals. Upon our arrival, ground crews from Glen Moore Fire Company, ATV units from both Station 49, East Brandywine Fire Company & Station 69, Twin Valley Fire Department, along with local Law Enforcement, were already conducting ... (Full Story & Photos)

Members of our Team standby to launch our DJI M30t thermal drone.
Members of our Team standby to launch our DJI M30t thermal drone.

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Captain Joseph Motzer, November 19

For the November Company Drill our team took advantage of the circumstances of needing to retrieve a washed out buoy just above Blackrock Dam to practice how to safely approach a vessel or victim hung up on the top of a low head dam. Rescue scenarios involving low head dams are some of the most dangerous we can encounter in water rescue, due to the recirculating hydraulic located on the down stream ... (Full Story & Photos)

Nighttime Schuylkill River Water Rescue Taskforce Training

Friendship Fire Company No. 2, October 20

This week, the Friendship Fire Company Diving-Rescue Unit significantly elevated their skills and expertise by participating in the UPT Fire & Emergency Services Joint Water Rescue Task Force nighttime training drill. In this immersive training experience, numerous boats and team members were deployed to the Schuylkill River with a crucial mission: to locate and safely rescue six individuals in a ... (Full Story & Photos)

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No Caption Monthly Training: Back to Basics

Friendship Fire Company No. 2, October 19

Over the weekend, the Friendship Fire Company Diving-Rescue Unit team immersed themselves in our routine monthly training session. Our devoted members diligently sharpened their skills in Boat Operations, fine-tuned the setup of a Z-Drag System, and delved into the intricacies of Drone Operations. We remain committed to our ongoing pursuit of excellence, all in the spirit of enhancing our ability ... (Full Story & Photos)

Enhancing Team Skills: Marsh Creek Dive Training with Drone Overwatch

Friendship Fire Company No. 2, September 19

This past weekend, during our monthly drill, our team went to Marsh Creek State Park to practice platform-based dive operations with drone overwatch. This combination of techniques can greatly enhance our team's capabilities and improve the effectiveness of our operations.... (Full Story & Photos)

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