Motherhouse pool has a new role as dive training facility

January 3, 2016 by


Fire Chief and divemaster Eric Voss, left, explains a scuba exercise to those taking part in this morning’s dive training in the Motherhouse swimming pool. Firefighter John Mastin, who had taken part in Saturday’s training, looks on.

The Sisters of St. Joseph pride ourselves on using our historic Nazareth Motherhouse to serve the community, and this weekend Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss took advantage of that service to provide unusual training for his firefighters.

On both Saturday and today (Sunday, Jan. 3), Voss and his crew took over the indoor swimming pool in the basement of the 114-year-old building for dive and water rescue training.

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Voss, a certified dive instructor, led the training, with assistance from Concordia Police Officer Marc Henry, who is also an experienced scuba diver.

With only two indoor swimming pools available in Concordia – the other one is at the Holiday Inn Express hotel — Voss said using the Motherhouse facility seemed an easy choice for this first-ever training. “And this is the perfect pool,” he added this morning.

The pool ranges from 3 feet to 8 feet deep and is heated year round.

Seven Concordia firefighters, along with a couple of family members, completed the scuba training over the course of the weekend.

Voss, who first worked in the Concordia department early in his firefighting career, returned when he was hired as fire chief in 2012.

He said that while dive and water rescue courses are available elsewhere, this is the first time he has been able to offer them in Concordia. He believes the skills learned this weekend will be critical if his firefighters are called on for search and rescue operations in nearby ponds and lakes.

The Motherhouse pool is generally open to the public, by reservation, Monday through Friday and numerous Concordians regularly use it for exercise and water therapy.



One Response to “Motherhouse pool has a new role as dive training facility”

  1. Jamey Fitzpatrick on January 11th, 2016 12:11 pm

    What a beautiful and helpful use of your resource!
    You folks are always so welcoming to the community
    and innovative in your works – thank you for offering this to the firefighters!
    Sending you peace and blessing for the new year,

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