Temple Fire & Rescue trains for swift water rescues 

Temple Fire & Rescue personnel spent hours at Lake Belton in April training for swift water rescues.  

 “While there might not be fast moving water on the lake, it still helps prepare the Special Operations Team, for when they respond to similar calls, “said Public Information Officer Santos Soto.  

 Temple Fire & Rescue Special Operations Team hosted swift water rescue training from April 13, 2021 through April 15, 2021.  

 “This type of training usually takes place at Lake Belton and below the spillway, where the water usually moves at a faster pace,” said Santos.  

He adds some of the skills firefighters are brushing up on are boat operations, grid searches, and line throwing.  

 Special Operations Team training are held once a month and while swift water rescue training is important, personal also specialize in hazardous materials, confined space, high angle rescue, and trench rescue.  

 While this month’s training was to serve as a refresher to personnel, Santos wants to remind everyone that as “Spring showers start to bring some rain, be aware of the roadways, and the dangers of water moving across them.” 

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