EL DORADO HILLS–
Five days worth of training is in the books on the American River for several of the state’s Swift Water Rescue teams.
“A lot of these skills, if they don’t maintain them, they’ll lose them really quickly,” commented Cal E.M.A. Chief Kim Zagaris.
Eight of the thirteen agencies from across California were here this week. Refining their high-danger, low-frequency skills. While working with new equipment, new personnel, and new rescue situations.
“We’re not always in the most ideal conditions to do these rescues,” noted Mark Zamparelli who is an instructor at these training exercises. “We train in this kind of water and this kind of environment for just that.”
It’s not just the Summer months the teams are training for. Right now is also the peak season for flooding across the state with a ton of run-off from the snow melt.
“It’s really skills and abilities they need to have all the time,” said Chief Zagaris. “When the equipment is called out and they can respond and take care of those in need.”