Specially trained divers from the Washington County Sheriff's Office respond to water emergencies. They have the equipment and knowledge to respond to any water situation. Check out some of their training dives in our Photo Section.
The Washington County Dive Team is a multijurisdictional team comprised of Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Kewaskum, Richfield, Slinger and West Bend Fire Departments. Few people operate under as potentially dangerous an environment than do members of the dive team. Whether it is responding to a drowning victim or searching for evidence of a crime, team members suit up without hesitation to respond to the needs of the community on the county’s waterways.
The team was created in 2002 in order to provide a coordinated response to rescue and recovery efforts in the waters within the jurisdiction of Washington County, and under a mutual aid request from any jurisdiction outside Washington County. The Dive Team operates under the authority of the Sheriff of Washington County.
To date, the Washington County Dive Team has participated in operations on Cedar Lake, Pike Lake, Friess Lake and the Milwaukee River in Washington County as well as responded
to calls for mutual aid on Lake Bernice and Long Lake
in Fond du Lac County.
To participate on the team, members must participate in ongoing training throughout the year and obtain certifications in deep water, search and rescue, night and ice diving operations. These requirements ensure team safety and operational readiness.
Dive Team members also provide presentations to community groups and schools on the operations of the team.
The Team Leader for the Washington County Dive Team is Lt. Bob Konstanz. He may be reached at 262-335-4406.
The Nabob Prairie Riders Snowmobile Club, represented by Craig Clairbout, gave a generous donation to the Washington County Sheriff's Dive Team. This donation will assist our dive team to keep current equipment in good repair and obtain additional safety devices and equipment. If you would like to donate to the Dive Team, please call 262-335-4378 or email: Lt. Bob Konstanz.