Tucson Fire brushing up on swift water rescues around the city - Tucson News Now

Tucson Fire brushing up on swift water rescues around the city

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The monsoon storms may still be many months away, but Tucson Fire says it is not a matter of if, but when a rescue may be needed.  So firefighters are preparing for those rescues now.

Tucson News Now was in the wash when initial training began on monsoon rescues last week.  Tucson Fire put on all the gear, they set up on the side of the road, and then the Technical team dropped down the harness and hoisted the 200 pound dummy up to the bridge.

Many of the firefighters have gone through this training many times over the years, but officials say it's time to get the rust off and learn some new techniques.

Firefighters are doing this training at three separate spots, where the ‘rescue' scene may be bigger or smaller, each requires a different rescues.

The bridge over the Santa Cruz River at Grant Road was chosen specifically, after a fatality there in 2011. 

"Two years ago, a major swift water incident took place and someone was basically trapped against the abutment," said Captain Barret Baker.  "The water is cold and there's a lot of variables and none of them are good in this instance." 

Every firefighter will be going through this training; three days a week for the next five to six weeks. 

Residents should be prepared to see this training on roads around Tucson. 

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