CBDR members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, covering a response area of more than 4,000 square miles of major river systems and countless lakes, ponds and canals. Emergency responders are assigned to duty crews to ensure that at least one full dive crew is available to respond at all times. On major missions, however, it is common for all available divers and surface support to respond. As an authorized agency of the Department of Emergency Management, CBDR also may be called to assist with incidents across the state.

Missions and Training

Missions, which average 30 per year, range from swimming and boating accidents to suicide attempts and underwater crime scene investigations. To prepare for the diversity of missions and to ensure proper skill level, emergency responders (divers and surface support personnel) must complete an extensive training program supplemented with required, bi-monthly training  CBDR trainees are expected to participate in meetings and community events, as well as training  to become familiar with all aspects of the team.

The Team

CBDR has no paid employees and is completely dependent on community and agency donations to fund operations. Currently, CBDR consists of 16 divers and surface support personnel as well as two administrative members. All team members are committed to CBDR's water safety education program, which reaches more than 20,000 Mid-Columbians through community events, presentations and classes for both children and adults.

CBDR Staffing Needs

In regards to emergency response, both divers and surface support personnel are needed. Surface support activities include boat operations, line tending, documentation and more. In addition to emergency responders, CBDR is in need of administrative volunteers to manage and assist with a number of non-emergency activities, which are instrumental to the long-term effectiveness of the team. Non-emergency activities include fundraising, water safety education, public speaking, special community events, general office duties and more. If you are interested in joining the team as either an emergency responder, or an administrative member, please complete and return the application. Thank you for your interest.