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Reno Fire Trains for River Rescues

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Now that the weather is warming up, many people are heading to the Truckee River to stay cool this summer season. The Reno Fire Department held a river rescue training exercise Tuesday for its fire fighters Tuesday so they can better respond to emergencies.

“We had a few rescues already this year,” said Eric Lieberman, leader of the water entry team. “But it's just starting to get busy.”

Springtime, he says is the busiest time of the year for the Reno Fire Department when it comes to river rescues, he says, because it’s warm outside, but the water temperature is low.

On average, the department responds to 50 rescues a summer, if not more. Tuesday’s training included rescuing victims from the shore by throwing them a line.

“This refreshes us on the different techniques of throwing ropes and rescues we’ll endure later this summer,” said Battalion Chief Bob Leighton.

Even though the levels in the Truckee are lower this year, it doesn't mean the hazard has passed, Leighton says.

“The thing is that you people don’t understand is you have the same amount of danger, it’s not just as apparent,” said Leighton. “You still have very cold temperatures this time of year from snow runoff”

He recommends wearing a life jacket if possible as go swimming with a partner. Also, it’s never a good idea to mix alcohol and swimming.

Written By Landon Miller
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