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Monday, April 15, 2013

BTU: CAL FIRE and the California Army National Guard will hold joint water rescue training exercises on April 18th

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. April 15, 2013 – CAL FIRE and the California Army National Guard will hold joint water rescue training exercises on April 18th in the Feather River, downstream from the Vance Avenue river access in the Oroville Wildlife Area and in the Thermalito Afterbay near the Afterbay’s Larkin Road Launch ramp.

This special training will involve teams of water rescuers and up to five helicopters from CAL FIRE and the California Army National Guard and include teams of CAL FIRE rescuers that will travel from throughout the state to participate in week-long advanced water rescue training.

The training exercise will last most of the day, with the helicopters flying simulated rescue missions deploying rescue teams and conducting simulated rescues. The training is designed to enhance the level of training for both rescuers and pilots and increase the interoperability between agencies.

The Larkin Road Launch Ramp to the Thermalito Afterbay on the Oroville Wildlife Area will be closed to the public for the duration of the training.

The California Highway Patrol, Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will also assist in the training exercises.

CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department will be hosting a visiting firefighter from England during a week-long Water Rescue Training. Andy Reynolds, a full time firefighter with the Cornwall Fire Department is responsible for rescue services in his community will participate in the water rescue training exercises held from April 15th through April 19th.

Firefighter Reynolds is traveling to the U.S. on a Winston Churchill Fellowship provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, enabling British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas to bring back knowledge and best practices for the benefit of the local profession and communities. The Higgins and Langley Foundation for Swift Water Recuse, a U.S. based nonprofit group that advocates for training and preparation in water rescue activities, helped facilitate the training exchange.

The workshop, training in local rivers and streams, will focus on advanced rescue scenarios and skills and planning and management processes used during flooding emergencies.

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