Midland Fire Department trains for swift water rescues, drowning

Midland Fire Department trains for swift water rescues, drowning

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Summer is in full swing and many families are already hitting the pool, but the Midland Fire Department says there are some things you need to be aware of.

"Drowning is one of those low frequency, high risk situations," said Captain Aaron Cox of the Midland Fire Department.

Drowning is the leading cause of death for kids under the age of 5. It's also the third most common cause of accidental death in the U.S.

MFD trained throughout the morning for water related emergencies such as swift water rescues and CPR. They say what's most important is to be proactive and learning CPR could be the difference between life or death for your kids or someone else.

"It's everyone's job to watch other people and if something is going wrong, step in and make a difference," said Cox.

There are many common misconceptions about drowning. For instance, many think the person will be waving their arms and yelling, but that typically isn't the case. They will be trying to breath and wading water trying to swim.

Flash flooding can also pose a risk for drowning this summer as many people choose to drive through flooded roads instead of finding an alternate route. Just this past weekend, the Midland Fire Department performed 30 swift water rescues due to high water.

"Every year there's several vehicles and victims that stranded with the areas that get flooded," said Jessie Martinez, a Paramedic Engineer.

"[It's] very frequent, very frequent. We usually have a couple episodes of drowning every year," said Cox.

Water Safety Tips:
• Fence in pools with self-closing and latching gates

• Drain covers of pools to prevent entrapment

• Teach children to swim

• Avoid drinking alcohol to prevent from impairing judgment

•Take classes on safety and CPR

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