Loudoun swift water rescue team trains to save lives

Loudoun County's swift water rescue team has spent much of its week training on the Potomac River.

Over the last week, America has seen countless swift water rescue teams save people in the path of deadly storms like Hurricane Harvey.

However, similar teams do the same type of work whenever major storms hit the DMV.

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Loudoun County's swift water rescue team has spent much of its week training on the Potomac River.

Roger Martin, a Loudoun County Fire and Rescue battalion chief, said it is important to practice for any situation.

"It's a matter of knowing what you're getting into," he said.

On Thursday, the team showed WUSA9 a car prop it had built to simulate a rescue scenario where a vehicle is partially submerged underwater. Martin told WUSA9 about 90 percent of the incidents his crew encounters involve a car that is located in a flooded roadway.

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He said when a rescue team enters the water, they often have to deal with a lot of adrenaline.

"This job involves learning and training every day," Martin said. "You'll never know it all."

The recent spate of tropical weather in the Atlantic has brought more attention to the efforts of swift water rescue teams. Martin said teams like his can even learn from the efforts of their counterparts in Houston.

Either way, he points out people can ensure their safety in their cars by remembering an important lesson when they encounter water: "Turn Around, Don't Drown".



 

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