The department provides surface water rescue services throughout all of Dickinson County as well as to surrounding counties on an as needed basis. The department currently utilizes four personal water craft with stokes baskets attached to provide rapid first response rescue to persons in need on the lower chain of lakes. The department typically has around 20 members trained to provide this service. For rapid response, the watercrafts are kept on hoists, centrally located between the highway 71 and trestle bridge between East and West Lake Okoboji. A trailer is available if deployment is needed on a non-connected lake.