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Crews train for flood rescues

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After recent flooding lead to 12 water rescues, rescue crews are doing extra training to be even better prepared for the next time.

You never know what to expect when it rains, you could find yourself helpless.

"The value of seeing things from a victim's perspective and understanding what they're going through will make us better as rescuers," AFD fire specialist Jeff Deane said.

Vehicle rescues are the biggest issue the Austin Fire Department and EMS face during flooding events. That was the main focus for their recent training. There were specific issues targeted as a result of the most recent floodwater event.

"So being able to reach the car at that low angle...we're not always able to put the ladder directly to the car. So we've come up with some techniques and adapted some of our equipment in order to do that with our aerial ladders to solve that problem," Deane said.

AFD Battalion Chief Palmer Buck.

If you find yourself in a dangerous situation after calling 911, it's best to remain in your vehicle and roll down the window on the downstream side.

"Only as a last resort we want you getting out of the car and getting on top of the roof because that is unstable," AFD Battalion Chief Palmer Buck said.

We're told as soon as you go underwater your chances for survival drop significantly.

Trainings like this aim to better prepare emergency personnel, as well as the public for future events.

"Know the roadways in which you're going to be traveling. Driving on familiar well-lit roadways is going to be ideal and preferable," Michael Benavides of Austin-Travis County EMS.

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