Pasco firefighters in training to learn water rescue skills

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – The water rescue program out of the Pasco Fire Department is training a team of rescuers to respond to emergency situations they may see on the water.

There have been 41 deployments of the water rescue team, since the program started last summer.

This week the team is practicing how to coordinate rescues with more than one boat, by pacing and boarding, as well as perfecting boat handling skills.

Officials say the water rescue team serves the entire region.

"It's important that people know we are here, call 911 and we'll come out and give them a hand,” Lt. Mike Maier said, of the Pasco Fire Department. "And we also wan to bring a little bit of light to boating safety.”

Pasco Fire officials want to encourage boaters to review safe boating procedures as we start heading into boating season.

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