Eastside Fire's Technical Rescue Team to practice saving lives in Snoqualmie's waters

Eastside Fire & Rescue's Technical Rescue Team will be in the rushing waters of the Snoqualmie River this week, during a three-day training session starting Wednesday, Dec 5.

Out of the water, EFR firefighters will go over recognized standards of rescue, preplanning and incident management, and boat handling skills. On December 7, they will enter the water

the water, focusing on technical rope skills including knot tying and setting up rope systems, and doing a patient water rescue scenario.

The Technical Rescue Team trains and reviews tactics each year to better prepare for water operations.

Moving water and flooding conditions can be a deadly combination and add to the danger and complexity of a swiftwater rescue. Throughout the year, EF&R responds to water rescues that involve flood water, water over the roadway, or boaters and swimmers not understanding the water conditions. Training and preplanning is essential to the safety of the technicians and to the public.

Creeks and streams can rise very rapidly during heavy rainfall. Residents should avoid areas of flooding and never drive through flooded roadways. Turn around and take an alternative route for your safety. To get ready for heavy rains and flooding, visit


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