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The Ohio Fire Academy and The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft, trained emergency first responders on how to save someone during a water rescue incident. The joint training between the two agencies is part of Governor John Kasich's vision of shared services within Ohio.
"Most of the week they've been learning boat operations, driving boats in swift water. Today we did swimming in swift water and learned how to save themselves, save others, that type of stuff in the environment, in a flooding environment. They also worked with some ropes and some technical rope aspects during the week," said Eric Reed of The Ohio Division of Watercraft.
According to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, flooding is the most common natural disaster in Ohio.
"One of the things we like about the training location back here is that we can work with the corps of engineers and get a water release from a dam, and actually create conditions that are going to be realistic to what these guys are going to see in an event of a flood or rescue situation so it's absolutely crucial," said fire instructor, Steve Treinish.
Although water rescues don't happen often, it's important to keep first responders updated on all types of training.