Columbia Basin Dive Rescue is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer agency that provides water rescue and recovery services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to law enforcement, fire, and other emergency service agencies throughout a five county area. CBDR's service area encompasses more than 4,000 square miles of rivers, canals, ponds, reservoirs, and streams.

Our members:

The volunteers of CBDR come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Team members' backgrounds include scientists, contractors, fire fighters, military veterans, students, and many others! Members are drawn together by a sense of community and the desire to provide a valuable and necessary service to the basin and surrounding areas.


  1. Board of directors - comprised of members from local fire/ rescue, law enforcement, and other community members.

  2. Operations Director - Oversees the operation of the team and reports directly to the board.

  3. Business Manager - In charge of formal business activities such as mail collection, legal records, and expense reporting.

  4. Team Officers - Qualified members who have taken on key roles and positions. Some members hold more than one officer position.

  5. Non-officer members - The backbone of the team. This encompasses the entire team all the way up to the ops director.

    • Divers & Dive trainees - The whole reason we are here. They are the ones who are in the often freezing cold, low visibility water performing recovery missions.

    • Surface support & trainees - The team can't perform dive operations without surface support. They tend safety lines, map out the mission scene, perform boat operations, and lend any needed assistance to the divers. All members must be surface qualified in order to move on to becoming a diver.