(WMC-TV) - First responders hit the pool Tuesday to learn life saving water rescue skills in advance of the Mid-South boating season.
Memphis Police Department, Memphis Fire Department, and Shelby County Sheriff's Office had first responders hit the Bickford Community Center swimming pool to train.
"What we're talking about is what an individual officer can experience if he or she finds themselves overboard in the water themselves, or what to expect if they have a panicking victim," said Major Anthony Rudolph, MPD.
MPD's Harbor Patrol, in particular, routinely deals with water rescues, recoveries, and searches.
The training on Tuesday was part of a series of sessions to both build skills and enhance teamwork.
"Especially since the boater season is getting ready to start and be in full swing," added Maj. Rudolph.
The first responders taking part in the training hope many of the techniques they learned are never actually needed.
In addition to learning survival techniques, first responders learned how to properly board vessels and other aspects of working on the water.