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Several Bossier Parish agencies are working together in a swift-water emergency team called the Water and Technical Emergency Rescue Task Force.

The 40-member task force includes personnel from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, South Bossier Fire District 2, the Haughton Fire Department and the Benton Fire Department.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said, “We’re always looking for new ways to keep our residents safe. During the flooding disasters of the last two years, we saw a need for properly trained swift-water emergency rescue personnel.”

Benton Fire District 4 Chief J.T. Wallace said, “It’s a pleasure working with the Sheriff’s Office on this combined task force, further ensuring the safety of parish residents.”

Members had a five-day training session last week in the swift water of the Caddo Dam and also in the classroom. They trained in rescue swimming, safely diving into unknown water, specialty ropes and rigging and emergency boat operations deploying from land and from stationary and moving vessels.

WATER Task Force Training from Amanda Simmons on Vimeo.