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WATCH: Butler County emergency teams train for water rescue missions

Posted at 1:28 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 13:28:48-04

COLLEGE CORNER, Ohio -- Emergency teams in Butler County must be at the ready for any crisis, which is why the Emergency Response and Swift Water Rescue Teams hopped in the water for hands-on training Friday at Hueston Woods State Park.

The focus Friday was on swift water rescue missions. Sheriff deputies said they have to make sure they’re prepared, and know how to work together to save lives. One challenge, according to Lt. Randy Lambert, is having enough rescuers responding to any emergency.

“Departments will quickly be overwhelmed just because of the manpower it takes for these types of calls,” Lambert said.

And each training mission has its own challenges -- like new concrete walls that weren’t installed the last time the deputies trained at the park.

Lambert said deputies are involved in many types of rescues from building collapses to ice rescues, so training is critical.

“If we don’t, no single agency is going to have the resources necessary to accomplish the mission,” he said.

The teams come together in February for an annual ice rescue training.