- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than 30 Arkansas fire departments have received training in water emergency scenarios from the Arkansas Fire Boat School.

The annual event held Saturday is now in its 11th year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1pa0PVh ) reports that it gives fire and emergency crews the chance to practice handling water rescues, flood response and wildfires.

Fire departments from Texas and Mississippi also participated in the event. Adriane Barnes, spokesman for the Arkansas Forestry Commission, says both volunteer and professional fire departments from 16 Arkansas counties — about 325 participants and organizers — attended.

Each boat school comprises scenarios tailored to real-life situations. Fire and emergency crews responded to mock boating accidents, rescued survivors from a flooded town, practiced water helicopter rescues and fought a controlled fire on the banks of DeGray Lake.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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