South Bay FD demonstrates water rescue missions

The South Bay Fire Department demonstrated search and rescue tactics Saturday Jan. 9 at Oneida Lake.

The WR58 Water Rescue vehicle was utilized onsite. Information about equipment, training, risks and benefits were demonstrated.

South Bay Firefighters are available to respond to emergencies at any time, and when it comes to water rescue, are often required to work through bad weather, at night, and even in water that has been contaminated by hazardous materials.

Many firefighters find themselves suited very well to public safety diving because the gear for fighting fires and the gear for diving and water rescue is somewhat similar.

Recognizing hazards in the water, knowing how to deal with zero visibility situations, body conditions, etc., were covered during the demonstrations Jan. 9.

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