Jelle, Jon
August 2005
Fire Chief;Aug2005, Vol. 49 Issue 8, p78
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the fire and sheriff's departments in Ventura County, Southern California, who are working in the region which is in a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall in the past rain season. While some communities choose to train many safety personnel at a basic level of flood rescue skills, the Ventura County Fire Department opts to train six-member cadres at the highest level. The swiftwater team from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office/Search and Rescue also trains to similar standards. With the rain sparing little of Southern California, the teams were well-prepared, carrying their personal water-rescue gear with them at all times. The Ventura County has created a very successful emergency response system to water-and-technical-rescue events, as well as urban search-and-rescue operations and skills, through mutual respect and cooperation from all members and productive joint training exercises. INSET: FLOOD RESCUE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.


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