MEDIA ADVISORY: New Rescue Swimmer Program Launch

SEATTLE – On July 19, 2017, the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) implemented a Rapid Entry Rescue Swimmer pilot program. This new resource allows the department to provide highly-skilled surface water rescue swimmers to all areas of Seattle on a 24-hour basis. This is an improvement on the former capabilities, as it decentralizes the single response location and spreads these skills to multiple stations throughout the City, while also increasing the number of trained rescue swimmers. The Rescue Swimmer Program will build on Seattle Fire’s other water rescue programs including the Marine Emergency Response Team and the Technical Dive Team.

Media is invited to interview SFD’s Deputy Chief Ronald Mondragon, and the training coordinator of the new Rescue Swimmer Program, Firefighter Craig Snow. Members of SFD’s Rescue Swimmer Program will be on site conducting a drill on Alki beach.


  • What: Media availability for SFD’s Rescue Swimmer Program


  • Who:
    • Deputy Chief Ronald Mondragon, SFD Technical Team Administrator
    • Firefighter Craig Snow, SFD Rescue Swimmer Program – Training Coordinator


  • When: July 25, 2017 – 10 a.m.


  • Where: Alki Beach


Media Contact:
Kristin Tinsley, Public Information Officer