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Tucson Fire Department prepares for monsoon, practices swift water rescue

Posted at 6:12 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 21:15:47-04

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.