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Posted on: August 5, 2022

City Firefighters Take Part in Water Rescue Training

Fire Department water rescue training at Leclaire Park

Some of the trickiest rescues for a firefighter don’t even involve fires.

Water emergencies can be among the most risky, and often involve challenging conditions – including fast-moving water, freezing temperatures and submerged vehicles.

The Edwardsville Fire Department trains every year in an effort to be prepared for any situation (including ice rescues during the winter). Numerous department members also participate in courses that will ensure they are qualified to train their fellow firefighters.  

Edwardsville firefighters gathered on Thursday, August 4, at Leclaire Park to hone their skills using personal protective equipment, flotation devices and rescue techniques that simulate various dangers and situations. The training was expected to run for a couple of days.

These are hands-on and in-depth training sessions that cover multiple rescue methods, from the safest and easiest to the most challenging types. Some of these allow the firefighters to remain out of the water, but others require entry.

Even though the City’s firefighters train for water rescues, they hope that they won’t have to put those skills to use, and offer these drowning prevention tips:

  • Pools must have proper fencing and supervision.
  • Use personal flotation devices, especially if working in or near the water’s edge.
  • Call 911 immediately if someone needs help in the water.
  • Keep your eyes on a person who is drowning to provide a last-known location to first responders.
  • Bystanders should not enter the water unless properly trained: Many would-be rescuers become victims.

Fire Department water rescue training at Leclaire Park

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