“We have 16 trained Surf Rescue Companies citywide; they consist of both Engines and Ladders. Each company receives year-round training, they are equipped with rescue surf boards, wet suits for both warm and cold-water situations, rescue lines, and floatation devices. Our companies train in the ocean once a week during the summer months and as the weather gets cooler, we transition our training into indoor pools and ice-covered water. When performing rescues on the beach, we always have a primary rescuer and a secondary rescuer in the water. In addition, we always have a backup rescue team in place. The Water Rescue Training Unit began in 2004 and each year we progress our training to make sure our Firefighters and Fire Officers are well trained for these water rescue incidents. These Surf Rescue Companies are a tremendous asset for New Yorkers, whether it is assisting a surfer, someone trying to cool down in the surf, or someone training for a triathlon, we are prepared and trained to take immediate action. A lot of time we see these incidents occur when lifeguards are off duty, or people are swimming in areas where there is no lifeguard present. We urge New Yorkers to only swim in an area where a lifeguard is present,” Said FDNY Captain Anthony Romano of the Water Rescue Training Unit.