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Swift Water Rescue: Training for Cyclone Dylan

Date: 1 February 2014

Swiftwater rescue is a subset of technical rescue dealing in whitewater river conditions. Due to the added pressure of moving water, swiftwater rescue involves the use of specially trained personnel, ropes and mechanical advantages systems that are often much more robust than those used in standard rope rescue. The main goal is to use or deflect the water’s power to assist in the rescue of the endangered person(s), as in most situations there is no easy way to overcome the power of the water.

Lane 4 Aquatics Rockhampton caters for the running of the Swiftwater rescue program at the Southside Memorial pool. Each Thursday morning up to eighteen of our local swiftwater rescue men, as part of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Services train together under the guidance of Lane 4 staff member Ronan Foolkes. 

These training sessions helps to ensure our servicemen are fully fit and ready in the event of an emergency. As we experience the damages of cyclone Dylan, having confidence in the team and knowing our rescue services have being preparing for times like this, we wish them a safe journey to whatever lies ahead of them.

A video of one of the team members in action, Brent Williams who successfully rescued a boy during the January 2013 floods is available to watch at the following link:             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2FC3UcVZy4

Caption Members of the Rockhampton Fire & Rescue Swiftwater Resue team recover after their swim session
Rockhampton Regional Council