Local swiftwater rescue team on call

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:41pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — A small group of baton Rouge firefighters are keeping an eye on the river. That's because they could be the ones wading in the water. The Swiftwater Rescue team is made up of eight people. If someone gets stuck in high flood waters, this team is trained to bring that person to safety.

Right now, they are on 24-hour standby. That's as a result of the rising river levels. The firefighters don't expect to see flooding here in Baton Rouge, but its the smaller cities in the Basin that they're concerned about.

"Even though they call it a mandatory evacuation, many people refuse to evacuate," says Scotty Shelton with the Search and Rescue Team. "There's always going to be somebody that thinks they're going to be able to ride out the storm and those people wind up in trouble."

The Search and Rescue team says they are constantly training for this sort of situation. They are ready for rescue, if they're needed.

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