Norfolk Fire Division trains for water rescue situations

July 31, 2018

NORFOLK - Emergency personnel have to be prepared for a wide range of urgent situations and the City of Norfolk Fire Division is doing just that.

Last Friday the Fire Division practiced their water rescue techniques with different drills consisting of numerous situations.

Fire Chief Scott Cordes says the training was very valuable, but it doesn’t stop there.

“I think each of the team members would say it was beneficial and has brought us closer to an awareness of what we need to do, what our strengths, and also what our limitations are. This is a work in progress, we’re going to continue to train and have our folks seek out additional training to better prepare themselves in the future. It’s a good start, but there’s much more work to be done.”

Cordes says they trained on the Elkhorn River, North Fork River, and Skyview Lake.

He says they practiced maneuvering live victims from the water to the shore so everyone could get comfortable doing it.

Cordes reminds you to always wear a life jacket, know your ability and limits, avoid drinking alcohol, and take plenty of water training.

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