Rookies to Practice Swift-Water Rescue Training in Laughlin
Clark County Fire Department Training Academy rookies will under go swift water awareness rescue training in Big Ben State Park in Laughlin on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The state park is located on the shore of the Colorado River in Laughlin, one mile south of Casino Center Drive on south Needles Highway. There will be a canopy set up in the lagoon area of the river where the training will occur.
“This field training provides our recruits with invaluable exposure to life-saving rescue and survival techniques they can use during any type of water rescue, including calls involving stranded motorists and pedestrians trapped in flash floods,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington.
The 28 academy students are in their final weeks of rookie school training, which started in July 23. The students have completed a three-hour classroom training session on water rescues at the department’s Fire Training Center on Tropicana Avenue. For the field training in Laughlin, they will put on wetsuits and go into the river to practice swift-water rescue skills using throw bags containing ropes, personal floatation devices and protective equipment.
Members of Laughlin’s Technical Rescue Team from Fire Stations 76 and 85 are teaching the upcoming class. The Laughlin team is trained to do swift-water rescue, high and low angle rope rescue, vehicle and machinery rescue, and boat operations.
Media Note: The on-site contact for media interested in doing stories about this event on Nov. 27 is Clark County Fire Department Captain Steve Broadwell.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.