DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Training to keep rescuers abreast of natural disaster is held often, and thoroughly.
Dayton’s Task Force One held its refresher training Tuesday at Harshman Lake in Dayton for some of its members.
The crew will go anywhere in the country that they’re asked to respond to, said Grant Light, Rescue Team Manager with Task Force One.
Light says the team will “go to a lot of hurricanes and hurricanes, in the end, they turn into a water-type disaster,” he said. “We have boats so we can operate in swift water or static water, things like that.”
Members of the task force hold a main job — which can be anything from rescue or medical personnel — but are also given a secondary job, water contingent, Light said.
Tuesdays training — the sixth training this month — highlighted important basics such as how to get the boats on the water, getting suits on and others.
“The most important thing when you’re out on the water is that you have a (Personal Flotation Device) on, the fatalities with the PFD on is very, very low and the people getting into the water without a PFD on is a much greater percentage,” he said. “People feel that they don’t need a PFD because they can ‘swim’ but you don’t know if in the process of getting thrown in the water, or whatever the incident is, that you might hit your head, anything can happen.So, wearing a PFD when you’re in a boat in the water is the most important thing to keep yourself alive and your children.”