Swift Water Rescue
With the Chattahoochee River flowing very near the city of Marietta, Marietta firefighters must have the ability to respond to swift-water rescues. In 2005, Marietta's Squad 55 responded to eight water rescue calls. The squad made life rescues on four of these calls and delivered to safety a total of 15 lives. Frequent training is critical. In 2005, Marietta's firefighters participated in awareness level swift-water training. A handful of fire personnel are trained to the technician level. While awareness is held mostly in the classroom, those seeking technician Level certification spend nearly a week doing hands-on training in the water.
By placing the rescue line at an angle, rescuers aid victims in reaching the shoreline.
Technician level training calls for many hours in the water. Here members practice a technique that allows them better control in rapidly flowing water.
Firefighters enter the chilly waters of the Chattahoochee.
Firefighters anchor a rescue line.