FRESNO, Calif. — The Fresno County Sheriffs Search and Rescue team is preparing to save lives. They brushed-up on their swift water training skills in a Fresno canal.
“They are going to simulate maneuvering the boat in the current in a technique we would use if someone was stranded on a boat or tree,” said Sgt. Scott Weishaar, Fresno County Search and Rescue team.
This is all so the Fresno County Search and Rescue team, deputies and volunteers included, can practice their water training.
“It will simulate the conditions that we have on the various areas on the Kings river and San Joaquin River,” said Sgt. Weishaar.
They even jump right into the most treacherous parts to simulate catching a victim traveling downstream.
“For deputies, this simulates going on scene dumping their gun, belt, taking off shirt and vest and the conditions are safe,” said Sgt. Weishaar.
“It also depends on the victim too in these circumstances and it is not going to be easy on their part,” said Shawn Plummer, Fresno County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team.
Deputies said on busy weekends they can see up to 1,000 people floating on inner tubes on rivers in the summer and that is why it is so important they are ready.
Deputies said because of the heavy snowpack this year, they are expecting lots of white water and more rescues.
“The flow that comes over the top is extremely powerful,” said Weishaar.
This is all a part of their dozens of hours of training for the search and rescue teams and they say it is all about saving lives.