North Texas Firefighters Train for Water Rescues

With North Texas expected to receive anywhere from a half-inch to three inches of rain between now and Wednesday, flooding remains a big concern across the area, reports NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.

In recent days, there have been numerous flood-related rescue calls from Johnson County in the south to Denton and Wise Counties in the north. Those rescues have been conducted by both helicopter and boat, as well as on top of fire trucks.

They’ve become an all too familiar scene in the area after what has been an extremely rainy spring, but at Tarrant County College’s Fire Service Training Center, they’re almost a daily occurrence either through coursework or a rental of their swift water training facility.

“We practice for people’s worst days and unfortunately, it happens,” said Rodney Smith, coordinator for FSTC. “So we want our first responders to effectively get out there and conduct that rescue safely.”

On Tuesday, members of the Round Rock Fire Department practiced everything from the typically used “throw bags” to a more advanced “catch curtain” to rescue team members acting as victims. The idea is to get victims in the water to safety with minimal risk to the rescuers.

“And that (the ropes) will allow him to swing into the calmer waters on river left,” said Michael Boyd of Round Rock Fire.

 

The group practicing and training this week isn’t apart of Round Rock’s technical rescue team, rather they’re mostly engine-based firefighters.

“Because more than likely they’re going to be on scene before our specialty guys and they’ll be the ones who actually affect the rescue before we arrive,” Boyd said.

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