The Johnstown Fire Department has a fully functional water rescue team that can respond quickly to aid persons placed in peril by either swift or slow moving water as well as ice rescue emergencies.
Equipped with a jet powered boat members of the team race to victims and remove them from imminent danger. The water rescue team has responded to many areas of the state to assist with rescues. In 2004 they responded to the Borough of Carnegie to rescue 22 people who had become trapped in a flash flood.
Each year crews are dispatched to assist flooding victims and get them to safety. Most recently, in the Summer of 2013, crews were called to North Central Pennsylvania for flooding.
The water rescue team can be mobilized quickly and is ready to respond to water rescue emergencies within the city and state.