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Crews training for water escapes

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Mercy St. Vincent and University of Toledo life flight crews trained for water escapes Thursday at St. Francis De sales School on Bancroft Street.

Medical crews trained to learn survival skills, specifically in the event that an aircraft needs to make an emergency landing on the water.

The training sessions included a class on water survival, followed by swimming the length of a pool while wearing a flight suit, and dunker training.

Trainees also practiced escaping their seat while upside down underwater. They used a new device that simulates an emergency water landing to learn how to get themselves out alive. Prior to having this tool, the Coast Guard game in for the training.

"It's a little bit unnerving because most EMS people, we're kind of control freaks," explained Julie Goins-Whitmore. "We are the ones that are in control, we're calling the shots, and in this type of situation, we are the ones that are at the mercy of the aircraft, at the mercy of the water. So it's scary. It definitely gives you a big shot of adrenaline."

The addition of this new equipment will allow the life flight crew to train on a regular basis.

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