Missouri State Water Patrol Dive Team Earns National Award
February 9, 2010
Pictured with much of the equipment used in their recovery operations team members are:
back row left to right: Cpl. Charles Hoff, Ptln. Dean Bartlett, Ptln. Logan Monahan, Lt. Wayne Talburt, Ptln. Steve Peterson, Cpl. Terry Richardson, Ptln. Tim Murrell, Ptln. Kurt Merseal. Front row left to right: Ptln. Rob Garrett, Ptln. Jason Kuessner. Submitted photo
The Missouri State Water Patrol Dive Team was recently awarded the “Silver Fin” Award for 2009 by the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS). This award is handed out annually for the most improved dive team in the nation.
The Water Patrol Dive team has seen considerable advancement in the technology of the equipment they use over the past few years. Divers use underwater cameras, scanning sonar, voice communication, and metal detectors in the course of their work. These new technologies have greatly increased the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of dive recoveries.
The Missouri State Water Patrol Dive Team first formed in 1979 with eight divers and the most rudimentary equipment. Today the team consists of 10 officers and is available to assist local agencies throughout the state of Missouri. Lt. Wayne Talburt, dive team supervisor for the Water Patrol said, “Our divers were very deserving of receiving this award due to their expertise, dedication, and the use of modern technology to perform the best job possible in an environment that is not at all conducive to the human body.”