Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services

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Yearly Calls
  Water Scuba Totals
103 5 108
42 3 45
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46 2 48

Harrisburg Beer Week
April 22 – 30, 2016

~ PROCEEDS BENEFIT: The Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services ~
Celebrating the growing craft beer industry throughout the greater Harrisburg area. A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations and education.

Check out Harrisburgbeerweek.com for more information

River Rescue Swag!

Check out the store page for deals on t-shirts, flood books, koozies, and more!

Harrisburg River Rescue And Emergency Services Inc

Mission Statement
Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services (HRRES) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, started in 1959, which provides a diverse range of services to the City of Harrisburg and all communities within Dauphin County. HRRES provides water safety education and training for the community and professional rescue personnel, water rescue and emergency response, ice rescue, and emergency boat operations for municipalities and organizations throughout Dauphin County. Our dive team responds to assists with rescue operations, underwater criminal investigations, forensic recovery, and provides law enforcement diver training. The diversity of our members includes training and certification as water rescue personnel, master divers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and educators.

Our Mission: To provide volunteer emergency search and rescue services to persons suffering because of fire, flood, accident or other disaster. These services include water rescue and patrol, dive rescue and recovery, special fire police services, emergency first response services, water-pumping and related services, and fire and rescue services to the public. The Corporation also provides emergency search and rescue equipment and facilities to governmental agencies and other organizations assisting persons in distress, and provides emergency search and rescue services to persons in distress on area waters. The Corporation offers courses that promote safety on area waters, and offers training to the general public and to emergency personnel on boating safety and water rescue.

Our Motto: We would rather save than search.

While there are many water rescue teams in existence, River Rescue, is widely considered one of the best equipped and best trained all-volunteer units in and around the state of Pennsylvania.

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New Station Renovation!

In September of 2011, HRRES was forced out of its station on Cameron Street during the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee while responding to evacuation and rescue operations in Highspire, Hummelstown, Hershey, and the City of Harrisburg. Volunteers slept in sleeping bags on the concrete floor of a warehouse for 3 nights during the storm. For 2 1/2 years after the flood, HRRES operated from a small leased space in the back of the former Brenner Dodge building on Paxton and 18th streets until purchasing a warehouse located at 725 S. 22nd Street in Harrisburg. In addition to serving as base for our apparatus, equipment, and offices, it will serve as a training center and emergency shelter. However, in order to operate efficiently and better serve the community facility upgrades are needed.

Phase 1 of the renovation project began in July of 2015 and will include the demolition of an interior wall and loading dock as well as the installation of larger garage bay doors that will now be automatically controlled.

Phase 2 of the renovation project, includes the installation of a new Chief's office and Business office, a small training room, and a shower facility that serves as a decontamination area. It includes the demolition of the previous offices and construction of new ADA compliant restrooms along with a kitchenette area. This phase will also include the upgrade of the electrical system and the installation of a security key fab system for all exterior and office doors.

Phase 3 of the renovation project, includes renovation of the former showroom into a large multi-purpose room enable to be used for training, meeting space, and social gatherings. As part of this phase a new HVAC system will need to be installed in order to comply with Code Requirements. A building management system will also be installed in order to effeciently control the HVAC system. The large multi-purpose room can then be used as an emergency shelter during a time of crisis or as a command center for emergency repsonders and public officials. 

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Harrisburg River Rescue - Alterations to Existing Facility

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Please consider supporting Harrisburg River Rescue and Embergency Service by making a donation today by clicking the link below.

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Memorial Day Observance

The Patrick Wm. Milano Detachment 299, Marine Corps League, will conduct the annual Memorial Day observance for fallen and departed Marines by laying a wreath in the Susquehanna River. The event will happen at 8:00 a.m. with the public invited to attend. It is held on the riverfront at the beginning of Shipoke.

As always, Harrisburg River Rescue will be there as in water and surface support. We would like to welcome all our friends to join us in this observance.

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City Island Glow in the Park 5K Run!



Saturday Night, June 24th, 2017

This year City Island Glow in the Park will have a theme. We are super psyched to head back to the 80's! Dude, it would be so totally lame if you didn't, like, get in the mood and party hardy with us. So come check out our wicked fresh beats and rad hairdos. But don't be a poser and leave your killer leg warmers at home. You'll miss your chance to win the tubular costume contest! Yes, we said costume contest! And, like duh, we'll have plenty of cool 80's accessories to fix you up with if you can't find any.

New this year! Get an 80's style Glow in the Park Tank Top!

What to expect:

YOU will light up the night as you run a 5k – no speed needed!

Before the race, you and your friends will each get a goody bag of glow accessories and paint to adorn yourselves to the height of glowy fashion

Now to brave the seas of foam (industrial machines spewing foam to the beat of some hot music), the rain storm of UV glow water (volunteers will spray a rainbow of glow water as you run past), and the dust cloud of neon powder (volunteers will toss handfuls of neon goodness to make sure you are covered in color and glowing like a champ)!

Once you have triumphantly reached the finish line you will be greeted by a celebratory dance party and a chance to show off your accumulation of glow and your fabulous dance moves.

Enhance your glow experience by renting a blacklight headlight!

Glow in the Park has doubled the foam and will be adding special UV glow tunnels at each of the color stations! We are also including a Glow in the Park t-shirt with every registration received before June 14th! (sign up by June 14th to guarantee your free shirt. Glowers who do not register before t-shirt ordering deadline will not be guaranteed a shirt with their packet, but may have a chance to purchase a t-shirt on the day of the event)

Schedule of Events

Registration (Enter code: HRR2017 when registering for a 20% discount)



February 28th


April 15th


May 5th


June 15th

Packet Pick-Up & Race Day


$30 $35 $40 $45 $50
Team $25 $30 $35 $40 $45

* Team requires a minimum of 4 people

Children age 4 and under do not need to register, but will not receive the race goodie bag.

What You Get With Your Registration

Individual Racer Registration

Team Registration

Volunteer Registration

Rules and Guidelines

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy.

Entries can be transferred to another individual for a $5 transfer fee. T-shirt size will not be changeable. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year.

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