The Pennington County Water Rescue Team spent their Thursday morning taking their annual physical swim and skills test.
Through this training the rescue team has developed critical expertise and equipment for high risk emergency response. Thursday the team participated in numerous physical assessments in a water based environment.
Some of the skills tests involved swimming with various gear and resilience in water tests. The training is meant to ready the members for underwater rescues."To maintain a high level of physical standards is incredibly important so that these guys are prepared and physically able when the call happens," said Calen Maningas, public information officer with the Rapid City Fire Department.
Some members said that dive rescues don't occur to often, but it is always good to be prepared for those situations."Dive rescues don't come up that often and so your skills are perishable, they go away after a while," said Scott Jungck, Rapid City firefighter."You have to train and get your hands on the equipment because there is a lot of equipment that goes with this."
The Pennington County Water Rescue Team is comprised of members from the Rapid City Fire Department, Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Pennington County Search and Rescue.