Swift water training for Pueblo firefighters

Swift Water Rescues

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo firefighters trained on the Arkansas River on Wednesday.

The Department’s technical rescue team trained as swift water rescue technicians.

With several drownings or near drownings in past years, the assistant fire chief says they want to make sure they're ready for any scenario on the river.

“It's actually critical, this river can flow anywhere from several hundred feet per second which is a trickle to well over 6,000 cubic feet per second which is even dangerous for us to get in to.  So, it's really important just because of the amount of water that comes out of here and the rapids that we definitely have this training,” said Assistant Fire Chief Will Gray with the Pueblo Fire Department.

The team was out on the river training this on Wednesday afternoon and will be back out again on Thursday.

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