Salt Lake City Fire Department conducts intensive swift water rescue training this week


CONTACT: Audra Sorensen, 801-550-0121

EVENT: Swift Water Rescue Training

LOCATION: Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – This week, Salt Lake City Fire Department has been conducting intensive training for the swift water rescue specialty.

“It’s pivotal that we take time to practice these skills when we aren’t on an actual incident,” said Operations Chief Karl Steadman. “Swift water rescue is one of the most difficult because it combines a number or complicated life-saving techniques with the utilization of heavy, unique equipment.

Steadman said that swift water rescues require quicker response because first responders must measure water temperatures, current and depth.

“You’ve got to intelligently select the instruments you take with you, you have to evaluate how long the victim has been in the water, and you have to discern their ability to breathe -– all while maneuvering yourself safely under extreme conditions,” Steadman said.

Station 7 houses the first responders with the swift water rescue specialty. Stations 5, 6, 11 and 14 have basic water rescue training and equipment as well. They respond with Station 7 on all water rescue incidents.

NOTE TO MEDIA: To observe the training, or to photograph or film, contact Audra Sorensen via the SLCFD media hotline: 801-550-0121.

About us: The Salt Lake City Fire Department services about 94 square miles utilizing 14 full-time fire stations at strategic locations throughout the city. The department employs 327 sworn firefighters who provide all the first-response, emergency services in the Capital City and who provide mutual aid to other fire departments along the Wasatch Front.