NEW BRAUNFELS (October 4, 2012) --- More than a dozen Killeen firefighters are now more prepared to save stranded Central Texans and each other during dangerous flood situations.
Members of Killeen Fire Department's Swift Water and Technical Rescue Team traveled to New Braunfels to use the swift current near the city tube chute to re-create a dangerous flood.
In one exercise the firefighters focused on ways to stay safe in case their boat flips during a rescue. The overturned boat also acted as a stranded car with a driver on top that firefighters worked to save.
"One of the most frequent rescues we have in a flood situation is people trapped on top of their car, so what we do is run a line called tension diagonal using the current to our advantage to run a line across it to put firefighters and rescue personnel on top of the car to rescue that person," Killeen Firefighter Justin Todd said.
The team also practiced a dangerous, last resort move called the aggressive swim rescue.
"If a victim is going down stream and we need to get to them then we can also jump into the water and go get them," Todd said.
Fifteen firefighters completed the training this week that the Killeen Fire Department holds every year. The goal is to have everyone on the 31-member team go through the training every few years to improve skills that could save lives when floods hit Central Texas.