Rescue crews training in fast waters ahead of busy rafting season

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jun 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-03 14:04:01-04

GOLDEN, Colo. – Rescue crews from three different agencies in Colorado trained in fast waters this Friday in order to prepare for what they expect to be a busy summer season.

Personnel from West Metro Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue and another agency took to Clear Creek outside of Golden early Friday to train for swift water rescues.

Starting at around 9 a.m., crews practiced a simulated rescued where they had to rescue people from a car that went into the water.

The training is taking place at this time of year because water is particularly swift due to warmer weather and increasing snowmelt.

Speaking to Denver7, the agencies provided the following tips so you know what to do in case of an emergency:

1. If you fall in the water, you shouldn’t try to stand up but instead flip onto your back with your feet and legs down river.

2. Watch out and avoid incoming debris.

3. Hypothermia can set in within minutes; so make sure you have everything you need to stay warm before heading out.

4. Know where you’ll be recreating and let people know your location. This also helps rescue crews know where to pin point you in case of an emergency.