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Avra Valley Fire practices swift water rescue for the coming storms

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 21:05:31-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A specialized kind of swift water rescue training Wednesday inside the CAP Plant canal near Red Rock.

A number of First Responders took part in rescue drills, and practiced throwing rope bags.

The canal runs 336 miles from the Colorado River at the California border to southern Tucson.

Avra Valley Fire says the canal is a good simulation for swift water rescues.

Jason Bowden Avra Valley Fire Captain says "The best thing about the experience today is it gets everybody in the water. It gets everbody in their pfds. Gets everybody throwing their throw bags. The critical things that we need to know for life safety and for saving others when we have an actual rescue."

crews will have practiced for a month ahead of Monsoon storms.