Diving into the past

Technology may have changed, but diving at Marston water storage facility is not a thing of the past.

June 25, 2018 | By: Jose Salas
A.H. Sherwood stands in front of Marston water storage facility before a dive in 1915 (left). Two divers pose in the waters at Marston during the Denver Fire Department Water Rescue Team training event on June 24, 2018.

We continue our 100th Anniversary photo series with a side-by-side photo of a recent dive training and one from more than 100 years ago. The anniversary photo series focuses on images from Denver Water’s first 100 years.

Left: Diving at Marston is not something new. A picture from May 26, 1915, shows diver A.H. Sherwood preparing to remove a cover over outlet from the Marston North Tower.

Right: The Denver Fire Department Water Rescue Team held its first dive and rescue training of the summer on Sunday, June 24, at Denver Water’s Marston water storage facility. The team will continue its training throughout the summer.

“The fire department has done its rescue dive training at our facility for a number of years,” said Nicole Babyak, supervisor at Marston Treatment Plant. “We are happy to offer them the option of using our water storage facility to keep their skills up-to-date and help save lives in the future!”

The training at Marston helps keep rescue skills current since it provides similar conditions firefighters may encounter in real-life situations like cold temperatures and low visibility.

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