First responders learn water rescue techniques

SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In the event of an emergency, our nation's first responders are up against dangerous weather conditions. For those living in dry areas of the country, learning to maneuver in water requires them to travel to Maine for training.

Lifesaving Resources held the 14th annual Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy this weekend throughout Southern Maine.

The 3.5 day training program taught Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel to become instructors of water rescue.

The 20 participants represented Public Safety and Rescue agencies from North Dakota, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

Lifesaving Resources Director Gerry Gorkin says the nation's climate change is reason for all first responders to received this training nationwide.

"There isn't a single city or community in this country that is immune from flooding," Dworkin said. "We have flood watched and flood warnings going into effect all the time. The weather has been playing havoc all over the country."


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