With Chattahoochee River flowing very near the City of Marietta, Marietta firefighters must have the ability to respond to water rescues. Frequent training is critical. All Marietta Firefighters are trained to the level of Swift Water Awareness, and each year we add more who are trained to the level of Swift Water Technician. While awareness is held mostly in the classroom, those seeking certification as a Technician spend over 40 hours in the water.
A number of our Swift Water Technicians have gone on to become Instructors, making it easier for us to provide frequent training.
In what is known as the Live Bait Drill, students practice deploying their quick release under live conditions.
While training on the Chattahoochee River, MFD Instructors have performed actual rescues of people who have underestimated the power of the water.
During heavy flooding, members of the Squad deploy the boat to pull people from a swollen river in a neighboring jurisdiction.