Swift water rescue training at Whitestown center
WATCH FOR RAPIDS — A trainee from Stafford in Genesee County leaps into the simulated rapids at the Swift Water Flood Training Center in Whitestown on Friday. It will be up to his fellow trainees to pull him to safety from shore as part of a new training course in water rescue offered by the state Preparedness Training Center.
GRAB ON! — Swift water rescue trainees throw a rescue rope to state Forest Ranger Morehouse as he floats through the rapids at the Preparedness Training Center in Whitestown on Friday. This is the second class of trainees to attend the brand new Swift Water Flood Training Center program, which opened in July. The trainees come from emergency response agencies from across the state. (Sentinel photos by John Clifford)
DIVE IN —New York State Forest Ranger Morehosue takes a backwards dive into the rushing water at the Swift Water Flood Training Center in Whitestown. Morehouse and his fellow trainees act as drowning victims trapped in the current, so trainees on land can throw them rescue ropes. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)
PULL HIM OUT — Rescue personnel from agencies across the state participated in the second class of trainees at the brand new, $9 million Swift Water Flood Training Center on Friday. The trainees took turns either floating through the rapids themselves or tossing rescue ropes out to save them. The Swift Water facility is the newest training scenario at the Preparedness Training Center in Whitestown. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)