TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Wednesday marked a major milestone for the Terre Haute Fire Department as they welcome a new service to the community.

Crews took to the Wabash River at Fairbanks Park to unveil the new Swift Water Rescue Team.

Over the last couple of years, nearly 62 first responders have completed several hours of training to be water rescue technicians with the Department.

“If we have a water rescue in the city of Terre Haute, the Terre Haute Fire Department will respond. We’re still working hand in hand with Sugar Creek, those guys are fantastic. If [Sugar Creek] has anything where they need our mutual help we will be happy to back them up,” Chief Bill Berry, said.

A newly purchased water rescue boat will be stationed at Fire Station #2 located at Ninth Street and College Avenue. Services will be provided 24 hours a day, year-round.

“We got to be able to respond to any kind of emergency and that water side is just something we’ve not been able to do. It’s exciting we’ve added another service to the Terre Haute Fire Department at a very minimal cost,” Terre Haute Mayor, Duke Bennett, said.

Water technicians will also be at Fire Station #5 in downtown.