By David Tuma, The Belton Journal
The Morgan’s Point Water Rescue Team was founded in 2008. They recently added a second boat that the MPR Fire Department has outfitted. The boat was donated by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office. It has been outfitted and equipped with side scan sonar to assist the dive team in finding vehicles or people underwater.
The MPR Fire Department has two boats. One is the newly added 19-foot boat donated by the Sheriff’s Office, and the other is an 18-foot boat equipped with a fire hose that pumps 250 gallons a minute. This boat assisted in fighting six fires last year.
The MPR Fire Department and Water Rescue Team responded to 26 calls last year. Since the Water Rescue Team was formed, they have responded to a number of calls in Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville and Belton.
All members of the team must complete Swift Water 1 and Swift Water 2 training. Fire Fighter Cory Adams and Fire Lt. Victor Hall just recently completed Emergency Boating Operations Training. They are teaching those skills to the rest of the team. This Water Rescue team is vital to the greater Austin area.
This is a team that is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist boaters on Lake Belton. There is no cost for their services. All you have to do is call 911 and give your location and type of boat you are in, and they will respond.