Tucson Fire Department prepares for monsoon, practices swift water rescue in wash
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson Fire Department is preparing for a busy monsoon by refreshing its swift water rescue techniques.
During this rescue, Captain Richard L'Heureux says a rescue ring is one of the quickest and most effective ways to get a person out of the water.
"Being on say like a roof of a car waiting to be rescued thinking that you could be dying at any moment and be drowned at any moment is very stressful," he said.
The rescue ring goes over a victim's head and is placed around the body.
Captain L'Heureux says these rescues can take up to 10 minutes depending on the situation.
The biggest tip to not be a victim of monsoon, TFD's motto is "Turn around, don't drown."
TFD plans to practice in the water next month.