Midland Fire, EMS Conduct Annual Drowning and Rescue Training

By Nahum Sotelo
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - With the scorching temperatures out there many of you are hitting the pool, but you need to keep a few safety tips in mind before you take a dip.

According to National statistics, drowning's are the third most common cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.

On Thursday, the Midland Fire Department held their annual drowning and rescue training.

The Midland Fire Department went through a series of scenarios focused on saving people's lives.

Firefighters went through numerous scenarios from how to save drowning victims to flood water rescues, making sure their skills were up to par.               

The summer months are especially a dangerous time for kids.

That's because drowning's are the leading cause of death for children under the age of five.

"Worldwide, half a million people die a year from drowning and the biggest part about drowning is its preventable. A lot of people don't realize, they looked at all the kids that drowned in the past and came up with this outline and found out that 80 percent of the drowning's were preventable," Midland Fire Department Captain, Aaron Cox, said.

During the training the fire department along with EMS practiced with a variety of equipment.