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Reno Fire Department water entry team trains for water rescues as weather warms

VERDI, Nev. (KOLO) – On Friday morning, members of the Reno Fire Department were at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi for water rescue training.

As more people might feel more inclined to head to the river, it’s important for RFD to get out on the water and reacquaint themselves with the waterway. Reno Fire holds these types of trainings every two months, but getting out in the spring is essential, not only because of global warming, but also to watch and remove downed logs or other objects that could be dangerous obstacles along the way. along the river. .

It’s all about preparedness, to ensure that the Reno Fire Water Entry Team (WET) can provide the most effective rescues to the community, when and if an emergency occurs.

“We seek to understand how our boats interact with the river and how we can use the features of the water to help us during a rescue, and we become familiar with the river… knowing which bridges are where and how we can describe our location from the river to anyone who might need to come and help us,” said Anna Mestre, firefighter and WET member with the Reno Fire Department.

The fire brigade also recommends people to pay attention to the water temperature, because even if the water does not seem so cold to you. head for summer.

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