It may not rain often, but when it does, the consequences can be dire in our area with its numerous waterways. Despite this potential for flooding, swift-water rescue resources have been limited until now– thanks to a POWER UP grant and the Marion Volunteer Fire Department (VFD).

Marion VFD Captain Chris Foerster and Assistant Chief Joseph Rodriguez have created a cooperative swift-water rescue team along with other emergency personnel in the area.

First, they coordinated swift-water training; then they applied for a POWER UP grant to help purchase a specialized rescue boat.

Foerster says when it floods, water can rise quickly and the longer it takes to get a rescue team to the scene, the greater the risk to victim and rescuer. The nearest rescue teams were 45 miles away in San Antonio and 65 miles away in Travis County. That’s why the Marion VFD took the initiative to form a local team for the benefit of everyone—not just Marion residents.

In addition to specialized training, the boat improves safety across the county by enabling the rescuers to get to places they may not otherwise be able to reach. This lifesaving boat may not be used all the time, but during a flood it will be a big asset in saving lives.

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