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The Aviation Unit of the Arizona Department of Public Safety is participating in the eighth annual “Swift Water Rescue Rodeo.”

Contact Officer / Paramedic Russ Dodge at troopermedic@policeone.com or (928)848-1566 for more info.

Thursday, June 03, 2010 -

With monsoon season quickly approaching, it’s important to remind the public that attempting to cross flooded roads, washes and moving water in other areas is extremely dangerous.

To that end, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Arizona Hiking Shack are sponsoring the seventh annual “Swift Water Rescue Rodeo.”

This exciting event, which will take place this Saturday, June 5, will feature teams from across the state that are specially trained to rescue victims caught in fast moving water.

The teams will be competing in numerous scenarios created to resemble real swift water rescues that have occurred in the past.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on the Salt River at Saguaro Lake Ranch which is located just below the Stewart Mountain Dam at Saguaro Lake off of Bush Highway.

This year’s event will be open to any agency or club that participates in swift water rescues or rafting and kayaking events. Each team member will be certified to the technician level in swift water rescue. Each team will consist of 5-6 members. Each team member will participate in each event. Each team will provide a copy of an insurance certificate naming the appropriate agencies.

Every year, more people are killed in floods or moving water than any other natural disaster.

In past years as many as 13 people have died in Arizona as a direct result of flash floods or fast moving water. Countless other people were rescued by specially trained teams such as those that will be demonstrating their skills at Saturday’s exhilarating event.

Swift water rescues, by nature, are extremely dangerous. The “Swift Water Rescue Rodeo” will give teams specializing in this perilous type of rescue a chance to perfect their skills and work with other teams from across the state. Members of the public and media may volunteer to participate in the event as rescue victims. More information may be gathered by visiting www.ahsrescue.com . There will be no charge for this event.

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