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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Water Rescue

The Fire Department Water Rescue Program deals with all surface rescue needs within the City of Winnipeg.

This involves all:

  • Rivers and streams
  • Retention ponds and swimming pools (within the city boundaries)

All stations have limited water rescue capabilities but 5 stations have significant capabilities using a variety of specialized equipment and training such as:

  • Zodiac inflatable boats with outboard engines
  • 2 jet boats including a Fire Hawk boat which also provides a firefighting platform on the river front to facilitate a rapid and safe fire and rescue response for the City.

The Water Rescue program operates 24 x 7 - 365 days a year and has been in existence for over 20 years and has responded when needed to all water emergencies for citizens and vessels and on occasion to animals requiring assistance.


Last update: February 18, 2016