Humboldt Bay Fire Gets Muddy in the Name of Safety

Humboldt Bay Fire water (mud) rescue drills using paddle boards

All in a hard day’s work. [Photos provided by Humboldt Bay Fire]

The Water Rescue Team of Humboldt Bay Fire recently conducted specialized training sessions focusing on refining techniques for mud rescues, according to a recent Facebook post. The training aimed at enhancing the team’s capabilities in reaching and extricating individuals trapped in mud, utilizing innovative methods and equipment.

Humboldt Bay Fire water (mud) rescue drills using paddle boards

In the thick of it.

During the training, the effectiveness of water rescue boards was showcased in swiftly accessing individuals by gliding across mud flats, akin to sleds on snow. These boards not only facilitated quick access but also provided a stable platform for rescuers to operate from while freeing trapped individuals. Once individuals were successfully extricated, the boards were instrumental in safely transporting them back to awaiting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

Humboldt Bay Fire water (mud) rescue drills using paddle boards

Accessing the patient in a mud rescue.

As part of the training, onshore teams employed ropes to expedite the return of both rescuers and individuals to safety onshore, ensuring a comprehensive and efficient rescue operation.

Humboldt Bay Fire water (mud) rescue drills using paddle boards

Onshore team pulling the patient to shore.

Humboldt Bay Fire will be honing their mud rescue capabilities through company-wide drills scheduled throughout the week.

Humboldt Bay Fire water (mud) rescue drills using paddle boards

Almost to shore.

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farfromputin
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farfromputin
3 months ago

Our mud flats are a dangerous environment. This is important training. Thank you Humboldt Bay Fire for protecting us.

tru matters
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tru matters
3 months ago

I know a few “stick in the muds” who need rescuing.