Cal Fire prepares for water rescues

Jan 13, 2016 10:39 AM by News Team

When the North State gets rained on, the chances of flooding are higher.

Cal Fire Captain Sean Norman said in previous years they’ve had to rescue many people for various reasons.

“Cars get swept off the road and get stuck,” said Norman. He adds, people often tend to gravitate to flooded areas and find themselves in a predicament. It’s an issue in the county that happens regardless of season.

To prepare for worst-case scenarios Cal Fire hosts about two training days a month for its water rescue team.

“We train at night, in flood conditions, in the cold and summer,” said Norman.

The crew utilizes their boats, water skis and swim teams to perform different plays.

Norman said one large hurdle—communication.

“We work together and trust each other.” Much of the team’s communication is done non-verbally, which is why hand signals are important.

Here’s some advice from Captain Norman:

-For those who are on the water for recreation: wear a life jacket

-If you find yourself in a rescue situation: float on your back, feet pointing up and avoid debris

For more information on the program click here.

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