Nacogdoches water rescue team stays fit

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

LAKE NACOGDOCHES TX, (KTRE) - A spring workout for the Nacogdoches Swift Water Rescue Team means a mock rescue.

"Three Alzheimer patients that are missing. Two of them are in the water. We've got one victim that's walked off in the woods," said Frankie Hamby.

There are a lot of checks and balances and they suit up in protective gear from head to toe.

And don't forget the two-way radio.

"Communication are primarily for safety," Battalion Chief Joseph Ramirez said." Always safety. Making sure everything is occurring like it's supposed to."

Members of the Swift Water Rescue Team are not required to be on the team. They're invited, but it's still strictly up to them. This is entirely volunteerism.

"When we go out in the field, a lot of barbed wire fences around here, trees and such, so it is not for everybody," said fireman Ben Boozer.

But perfect for a diversion from the day-to-day calls.

"We go on fires and car wrecks and that sort of thing, but this is a separate, completely separate kind of training and it's just fun and different to go and be a part of," Captain Nick Boland.

There's also a sense of duty, just like you'll find with the certified emergency response team, another group of volunteers trained for land rescues.

" We've added some programs that these volunteers actually administer and do," said Nacogdoches Police Spokesman Greg Sowell.

On land or water, these volunteers are ready and able to provide help when it's needed.

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