This past week, the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department were practicing water rescues on the North Saskatchewan River.
Roughly a dozen firefighters practiced maneuvering rapid deployment crafts and water rescue boats.
"It's good skills training for the firefighters," said Fort Saskatchewan deputy fire chief Paul Prevost. "The river is getting used more and more, and we want to be ready to respond should an event occur where people need help."
The training included guiding and managing the boats through currents, watching out for debris, traffic and reading the river.
"It's important when we get called on that firefighters are familiar with the river conditions, read the water, use the current to their advantage and to respond in a quick, safe and effective manner," added Prevost.
Prevost added that with RiverFest coming up, water safety needs to be a priority for those enjoying the activities.



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