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OEM Dive Team Leads Earn Search and Rescue Instructor Certifications

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Matthew Fuson and David Crane can now teach other divers in Middle Tennessee how to dive in various capacities.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 23, 2018) – The Nashville Office of Emergency Management has the new ability to train Dive Rescue Specialists and Public Safety Divers within emergency member agencies of Homeland Security District Five.

Homeland Security District Five is comprised of: Davidson County, Wilson County, Sumner County, Williamson County, Trousdale County, Rutherford County and Cannon County.

Emergency Support Unit (ESU) Captain David Crane and ESU Captain Matthew Fuson earned both of these new certifications this week.

Captain Crane joined OEM in 1991. Captain Crane is a now a Dive Rescue Trainer. Previously he held certifications for Swift Water Rescue Trainer and Public Safety Scuba Instructor.

Captain Crane works in the private sector in addition to his duties with OEM.

ESU Captain Matt Fuson joined OEM in 2003. He is now also a Dive Rescue Trainer. Captain Fuson also a certified Swift Water Tech and Public Safety Scuba Instructor. Captain Fuson is also a paramedic for the Nashville Fire Department. He joined the NFD in 2005.

Both men volunteer their time for OEM in the ESU.

The ESU augments regular emergency management services provided by OEM during times of emergencies or threatened emergencies. Functions of the ESU include Search and Rescue Operations, Search and Recovery Dive Teams, Sonar Operations Teams, Swift Water Teams, Severe Weather Response, Disaster Logistics and Support and Special Events.

You can find more information about the ESU on our website.

Captain Crane and Captain Fuson traveled to Panama City, Florida for a training hosted by the Panama City Fire Department and taught by Dive Rescue International.

The Dive Rescue Program the men completed is an intensive leadership and trainer course. It prepares experienced scuba instructors to teach and maintain dive rescue certification for department personnel.

Among the topics they covered to earn this certification is drowning, dive team organization and management, search patterns and underwater investigations.

The Public Safety Scuba Instructor course is the most physically demanding and study intensive program taught, according to Dive International. They completed the course successfully as well.

Captain Matthew Fuson (left) Captain David Crane (right)