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Fire Rescue teams practice swiftwater rescue training at Moonshine Park Courtesy photos

Fire Rescue teams practice swiftwater rescue training at Moonshine Park
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Teams practice heavy retrieval/transport techniques

Teams practice heavy retrieval/transport techniques

While most Lincoln County families spent a rainy weekend celebrating Memorial Day in the traditional manner, nine volunteers and employees of the Siletz Valley and Depoe Bay Fire Districts and the Toledo Fire Department spent their weekend braving cold water, rapids and deep pools in the Siletz River at Moonshine Park practicing the skills needed to help others – even save lives.

Made possible by a charitable donation by the Confederated tribes of Siletz Indians, a Swiftwater Rescue Technician I course was sponsored by the Siletz Valley Fire District. Keith Gillespie of” Rescue 3 International” was the lead instructor.

The course is nationally recognize and enables participants to perform rescues in swift moving water. It includes water dynamics and river hazards, personal protection and safety, medical considerations, throw bag operations, anchor systems paddle boat handling and many other rescue techniques. Such training is required for rescuers to enter the water in emergency situations. The course is both mentally and physically challenging.

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At the end of the training participants were heard to comment:” I am sore all over,”

Those who imagine themselves serving the community as a swiftwater rescuer contact RC Mock at 541-444-2043.

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