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Redings Mill Deputy Chief discusses water rescues, flood safety

Water Rescue Dangers

REDINGS MILL, Mo. - Those who do the rescuing put themselves in danger each time they get the call. Chris Warner spoke with one of the Redings Mill rescue team members on what it takes to dive into danger.

“Our crews are ready to respond at any given time, and we keep multiple boats prepared for any particular response." says Ronnie Metcalf, he's the redings mill deputy fire chief - he's also a member of their water rescue team.

He says they have had a high number of calls this year, but thanks to their training and partnerships, they're ready. Metcalf says "So, effectively to manage all of the calls that we get, we half to lean on our partners, and local resources in the area, and we do that quite well, so we have several other agencies that we support and they support us, because it's truly a team effort."

In order to keep their personnel, and the people they're trying to rescue safe, Metcalf says they have several steps they take. "We put people up river, or upstream, that are viewing what's coming down at us, they're giving us a pre-warning, we have swimmers or boat operators in the water, we also have backup boats or swimmers in the water, we also have downstream safeties, so they're able to, if everything goes wrong, they're able to catch us before we go any further down river."

Metcalf says they do everything they can for the quickest, and safest, rescue possible. But they're trained for this type of thing, so for those of us who aren't, Metcalf has some quick points of advice if you are caught in a flooding situation. Metcalf says "If you are floating downstream, make sure you avoid any hazards, we call them strainers, it's where water will pass through but, objects won't, so you want to swim away from those at any given chance that you can."

And if you see someone in a dangerous situation, instead of going after them... "Call for help, get help coming sooner than later, we find, we find a lot of times in a varying degree of emergencies that if they would have called us sooner they would have had a better outcome."

Metcalf says most importantly - to stay calm. Metcalf says it's also important to be weather aware when it comes to areas prone to flooding, and of course, if you're out driving, turn around, don't drown, and to *never* drive around barricades on closed roads.
 

 

 

 

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