Swift-water Training For Fire Academy Cadets
Several fire academy cadets with the Yuma Fire Department got to practice conducting swiftwater rescues Monday in the rough waters of the East Main Canal.
According to Mike Erfert, YFD spokesman, the training was intended to give the cadets real-world experience with the equipment and techniques they would use when responding to an actual emergency.
“We have specially trained personnel for swiftwater rescues. But as a member of an engine company, a newly assigned firefighter could be called to participate in a water rescue. Because of that, they need to be familiar with the techniques and safety equipment being used, and know how to apply it.”