Several emergency response agencies come together for intense training in Butte County

Apr 17, 2014 6:17 PM

Through the air, on the land and by water the North State has never seen rescue training quite like this.

“By doing this we’re training for the worst-case scenario,” said Nick Salas, a CAL FIRE Nevada Union/Placerville fire engineer .

On Thursday afternoon on the Feather River near the Gridley boat ramp, several agencies from across the state and dozens of emergency responders went through a very intense water and aviation training session.

“We’re trying to figure out how to deploy the teams, grab the victims and bring them back to shore safely,” Salas said.

An island in Feather River was turned into a fictitious town called “Nino” and some responders played victims in the water. Crews used boats and helicopters to rescue the staged victims. The training was designed to help rescue workers prepare for massive floods, and despite this year's drought, emergency responders said it could very well happen.

“California has the potential for major disasters like this,” Salas said. “We've had those in the past. So hopefully this is an eye opener for the public to show them what CAL FIRE, the National Guard and other agencies can do.”


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