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First-in-the-nation 'Swift Water Rescue' training in Oriskany put to the test

Three pumps power the water at the Oriskany site, and each one pumps 33,000 gallons of water per minute.

Posted: May 7, 2019 5:51 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y. -- Oriskany is home to the first-in-the-nation "Swift Water Rescue" training site.

This is a facility that's been featured on the Today Show, and Tuesday – it was put to the test.

First responders from across the state preparing for flood season and the potential they'll have to rescue people.

Three pumps power the water at the Oriskany site, and each one pumps 33,000 gallons of water per minute.

Steve Kurtelawicz from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control says this training is as realistic as it could be.

“The first one dedicated in the country that has the urban flood scape in the center, where we can practice not only swift water rescues on the outside, but urban swift water rescues in the center portion,” Kurtelawicz said.

Classes started last summer, and it's been a popular resource for first responders ever since to learn the best techniques to save lives.

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