Texas Game Warden Aaron Sims sent TownTalk News the following information and pictures.
Attached are pictures taken of Lubbock regional game wardens conducting Swift Water & Enhanced Search and Rescue training near Lake Bridgeport TX. (Wichita Falls area). The wardens will be completing an annual week long re-certification. Texas game wardens receive this highly skilled and technical training to better serve their communities and assist other local agencies. Specialized swift water equipment including the rescue boat pictured are essential to life saving efforts.
Texas Game Wardens have responded to every major disaster in Texas since 1895 as well as countless local calls involving floods, tornados, and wildfires. During FY 2016, Texas Game Wardens rescued 1800 Texans in 108 counties. Texas game wardens continually train to save lives and to keep themselves and other first responders as safe as possible in some of the most demanding environments.
Night vision photograph: This is what extremely technical swift-water rescue training looks like in the dark through night vision goggles. The training itself has inherent risks, however many swift-water rescue calls occur after dark.