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HVFC Holds Water Rescue Drills on Connecticut River

By Olivia Drake, HVFC Information Officer

(August 9, 2022) — In a mock scenario exercise on August 8, 2022, the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to Haddam Meadows State Park for a reported personal watercraft accident near Haddam Island. In three rotations, crews took turns accessing the scene via Marine-13. There, they worked to rescue multiple “patients” who were unconscious, injured, or inebriated, for the purpose of the drill.

“We respond to multiple calls a year on the Connecticut River, so it’s important that our members are refreshed in both boat operations and water rescue situations,” said Deputy Chief Jed Morrissey. “Helping to care for an injured patient in the water is much different, and often more difficult, than a regular assist, and requires a great amount of teamwork and communication.”

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