The Pennington County Water Rescue Team spent their Thursday out at the King Center pool swimming around, but this trip to the pool was all business.
It takes a minimum of 150 hours of rescue training to be a part of the rescue team and 96 hours a year once on the team.
Thursday, members spent their time learning to use new weight harnesses as well as pony bottles. A pony bottle is a small additional air bottle a diver uses for emergency air situations.
Calen Maningas,public information officer with the Rapid City Fire Department said the training is beneficial for when certain emergencies arise. "doing training such as this keeps us fresh on our skills and it keeps the operations fresh in our minds since it's not happening every day," said Maningas. "We are going to train so that way when it does happen we're prepared and ready." last year the team responded to 22 service calls.