01/30/11 107 W, 1 I - + 1 - 3 This Evening's Water Search

That's Bay Leaf Fire Department Boat 2 on the west side of the Six Forks Road Bridge, just south of the Upper Barton's Creek boat landing. They've been on scene for a couple hours-- along with boats from Stony Hill and Falls fire departments-- searching for a missing kayaker. A helicopter from the State Highway Patrol is also aiding in the search. Other participating agencies including Six Forks EMS, Wake County EMS, Wake County Fire Services, Wake County Emergency Management, and Wake County Sheriff's Office. The incident is still ongoing. More photos later from Legeros, taken early in the incident. Click to enlarge:

Thinking about this incident over the last day has me wondering, what sort of water rescue response protocols are in place for Falls Lake? Is it strictly jurisdictional, based on fire district? I am guessing that’s the case. But like auto-aid engines are dispatched to structure fires, I wonder if auto-aid boats should be dispatched (or even placed on stand by) for incidents at Falls Lake? (Does CAD support stand-by as such? Where, in this case, BLFD is dispatched, but, say, SHFD and FFD receiving notifications only at the time of initial dispatch?)
Legeros - 02/01/11 - 07:36

The north region has adopted an agreement in regards to the lake. The three northside companies (SHFD,FFD,BLFD) that have lake area are supposed to call for one another whenever a call is received on the lake. The three trained together in 2010 on the lake for incidents such as this and many others.
Northside - 02/01/11 - 14:09

Body of missing boater found, three days later. http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/sto..
Legeros - 02/04/11 - 08:33

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