ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- The Rochester Fire Department held their annual boat operations training Friday at Foster- Arend Park.
As it gets warmer outside and people start to go boating and fishing in open water, the fire department wants to be prepared for water rescue. The department practices rescuing by having a dummy in the water and how to drive the two different boats in their fleet.
Rochester firefighter Mandee Marx said safety is key for anyone going into the water,
“With the boating season coming its very important that people take precaution and wear life jackets and make sure that somebody knows if you’re going out on a boat that you’re out there, said Marx. Like I said if you fall you know try to make sure noise but don’t panic and just try to remain afloat if you can.”
Some safety tips if you are stuck in the water from Marx are:
- Do not panic.
- Float on your back.
- Grab onto something.
The fire department respond to water rescue the same way they would with any other type of rescue, the only difference is the elements of the weather they will be faced with.