Officials get water rescue training

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A group of Pocahontas police officers and firefighters recently took a special training class to help with water rescues.

The group traveled to Oklahoma for a swift water rescue conference which put them through rigorous swift water rescue simulations.

Some of the scenarios included rescuing a person pinned in a vehicle or stuck on a bridge during flooding.

The conference was simulated in a water park environment with rapid waters.

The group said the training provided them with valuable information since the Randolph County area is flood prone.

"It's very important to us, we have five rivers here in Randolph County so, there's always a threat of a water rescue," said Pocahontas Fire Department Captain Justin Gates.  "Especially all of our low water bridges and creeks, that's also a possibility of somebody becoming entrapped."

The group plans to pass along what they learned to other firefighters and officers who did not attend the conference.

They said they hope to host their own training in the near future.

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