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Litchfield County fire companies train on Swiftwater Rescue techniques

This weekend, Sherman Firefighters and EMS personnel, in conjunction with Gaylordsville, Kent and New Milford fire companies participated in a Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification. The 4 day course put participants through real world rescue scenarios in the rapids of the Housatonic River above and below Bulls Bridge, in Kent. The participants were taught skills such as water hydrology, rigging, throw rope rescues, tethered rescues, how to navigate in rapids, crossing currents safely, rafting saves and other techniques. The training will culminate this coming Saturday with a night rescue scenario and graduation.  The Housatonic is a popular place for kayakers and has some mild currents all the way up to Class 4 rapids, which are for intermediate and experienced rafters. The rapids are long and unpredictable with large waves and narrow passages.

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