Local Departments Find Use in Swift Water Rescue Training

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Many local volunteer departments across the state are finding use in swift water rescue training. 

During a swift water rescue, specially trained first responders use an in-depth rope and boat system. Officials tell 13 News this training is so important, especially in our area which can prone to flooding and high water. 

“The training is so important because even though it’s not something we do everyday, it’s something we do a lot here in Kanawha County,” said the Kanawha County Commission Deputy Fire Coordinator, David Armstrong.  

“With our mountains as close as they are together — when it rains hard, we’re gonna see a quick rise,” added Armstrong.   

Kanawha County’s swift water rescue is just part of a state-wide network that uses an actual platform to train rescue personnel meaning each rescue team is trained to the same standard. According to Armstrong, the platform includes three levels: awareness, operation, and technician.

“We have sent our crews to other counties and if we need we could always call additional crews from other counties to come here,” explained Armstrong. 

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