Tucson Fire brushing up on swift water rescues around the city | News
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now)- The monsoon storms may
still be many months away, but Tucson Fire says it is not a matter of if, but
when a rescue may be needed. So
firefighters are preparing for those rescues now.
Tucson News Now was in the
wash when initial training began on monsoon rescues last week. Tucson Fire put on all the gear, they set up
on the side of the road, and then the Technical team dropped down the harness
and hoisted the 200 pound dummy up to the bridge.
Many of the firefighters
have gone through this training many times over the years, but officials say it's
time to get the rust off and learn some new techniques.
Firefighters are doing
this training at three separate spots, where the ‘rescue' scene may be bigger
or smaller, each requires a different rescues.
The bridge over the Santa
Cruz River at Grant Road was chosen specifically, after a fatality there in
"Two years ago, a major
swift water incident took place and someone was basically trapped against the
abutment," said Captain Barret Baker. "The
water is cold and there's a lot of variables and none of them are good in this
Every firefighter will be
going through this training; three days a week for the next five to six
Residents should be
prepared to see this training on roads around Tucson.
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