SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Fire and Emergency Services are conducting specialized water rescue training this week.
Earlier this week, firefighters trained at the Chatham County Aquatic Center on Sallie Mood Drive. As part of the final phases of the program, they head to ocean and river waters.
SFES firefighters who are certified water rescue instructors are providing the training. They will be working the Tybee Island Fire Department on south end of Tybee Island on the use of inflatable and personal watercraft as tools to assist in rescue operations, according to SFES.
On Friday morning they will train on Savannah River, where firefighters work on rescues with the use of helicopters. Chatham County Mosquito Control will be providing a helicopter and pilot.
After the training, the 12 participating firefighters will receive the Swift Water/Flood Rescue Tech Level 2 certification and join 60 other Savannah firefighters who are similarly certified in water rescue techniques.