There more than a dozen men specialized in underwater dive recovery and flood rescues.
They make up a special operations team within the Mission Fire Department. Today–the team took part in a recovery training with border patrol’s Borstar Dive Team.
The Mission Fire Department Special Operations Team has been in practically every body of water south of Corpus Christi to aid other agencies during emergencies.
In total 16 men make up the special ops dive team.
With 10 years of diving experience, Alvarez says one of the biggest challenges is debris.
Each month the team takes part in a recovery training.
Today’s training at La Joya Lake took the dive team along with US Border Patrol’s Borstar Unit– through weapon and body recovery–a challenging task–due to strong currents in the the Rio Grande River, where the team is typically called out to.