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Swift Water Rescue

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Swift Water Rescue Team

LAFD Swift Water Rescue Team

Swift Water Rescue Team - more than just apparatus, the LAFD's Swift Water Rescue Team is a combination of firefighters with special training and their specialized gear. They are dispatched to floods, or situations where a person (or animal) is trapped in rushing water. Although the LA River that runs through Los Angeles is often just a trickle of water through a concrete culvert, it does occasionally fill with rapidly moving water and as such, presents a serious life hazard to people and pets. The Swift Water Rescue Team uses boats, floats and jet skis along with other gear to help rescue people and animals.

The photo above shows Swift Water 88 adjacent to the Los Angeles river during a swift water rescue incident in the evening just north of Downtown Los Angeles.

[ photo by David Barrett ]

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