Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel underwent water rescue training at the floatplane pond at Juneau International Airport on June 21, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel underwent water rescue training at the floatplane pond at Juneau International Airport on June 21, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

CCFR conducts water rescue training near airport

Hands-on training is necessary to keep skills sharp and personnel ready.

Capital City Fire/Rescue on Monday afternoon carried out water rescue training for personnel at the floatplane pond at Juneau International Airport.

The training, which followed a major training event on Saturday, is part of CCFR’s annual training cycle, keeping personnel ready for rescues in any of Juneau’s varied environs, said assistant fire chief Ed Quinto in a phone interview.

Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel underwent water rescue training at the floatplane pond at Juneau International Airport on June 21, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel underwent water rescue training at the floatplane pond at Juneau International Airport on June 21, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Six personnel underwent the training, carried out in-house by the water rescue team. Training for water rescues helps ready CCFR personnel for the possibility of rescuing a struggling victim, which can rapidly put rescuers into a dangerous situation if not approached effectively, Quinto said.

CCFR and Coast Guard personnel recently cooperated for a similar training, learning about swiftwater rescues in the brisk waters of the Mendenhall River.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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