The Plainfield Water Rescue Team has developed from a basic dive team that was started in 1984 into a highly trained multi-disciplined Water Rescue Team. The Plainfield Water Rescue Team is currently operating with 15 members. Team members are certified in Public Safety Rescue Diver, Surface Ice Rescue, Sub Surface Ice Diving, Swift Water Rescue, Water Craft Technicians, as well as certified tenders and SONAR equipment technicians. In order to achieve this high level of training its members have committed countless hours in obtaining certifications and continuing education. Members also bring in top level instructors from across the county to stay current with best practices in these disciplines.
In 2008 the Water Rescue Team was approved to replace its 30 year old vehicle with a custom specialized rescue vehicle that not only carries equipment but also functions as a rehab area as well as a command post. The Water Rescue Team has 2 aluminum jon boats as well as an inflatable Zodiac rescue boat. Team members are also equipped with modern rescue gear, including wireless and hard line underwater communications equipment and side scan SONAR.
In 2009 the Water Rescue Team started to move towards being the MABAS 15 Team. Currently the active members of the MABAS 15 team are made up of Channahon, Minooka, Braidwood, Wilmington, Coal City, Troy and Morris. Together these departments responded to 10 incidents in 2014. These incidents ranged from drowning, assisting boaters in distress and evidence recovery with one incident requiring a joint rescue operation between the Water Rescue Team and CART. In 2015 the MABAS 15 Water Team is recognized as a Class A Water Rescue Team within the state of Illinois.
Due to the nature of the different types of calls the Water Rescue Team responds to, it actively works with multiple government and private agencies including Federal, State, Multiple County and local Law Enforcement, County Coroners Offices, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the US Coast Guard, Canine Search Teams (both private and government) and private search organizations.