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Rocky Ridge Fire District grateful for new water rescue equipment

Rocky Ridge FD shows off their new equipment. Source: Rocky Ridge FD Rocky Ridge FD shows off their new equipment. Source: Rocky Ridge FD
L-R: Fire Chief Jon Lord, Rep. Jim Cairns, Sen. Jabo Waggoner, Asst. Fire Chief Michael Bartlett and Drayton Cosby. Source: Rocky Ridge FD L-R: Fire Chief Jon Lord, Rep. Jim Cairns, Sen. Jabo Waggoner, Asst. Fire Chief Michael Bartlett and Drayton Cosby. Source: Rocky Ridge FD
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Rocky Ridge Fire Department says their new rescue equipment can help save lives if someone is in distress along a popular stretch of water in their area.

The Cahaba River is a place many go to cool off during hot times of summer. The Rocky Ridge Fire Department is often called on to respond for help somewhere along the nine miles of the Cahaba in their district.

"We were limited before in what we could do. We had personal floatation devices for our safety and the helmets we wear around the water and the throw bags we can throw to somebody in distress," Assistance Fire Chief Michael Bartlett said.

The Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development awarded a $10,000 grant to Rocky Ridge Fire District. The money allowed them to buy a winch to go up and down steep hills. They were also able purchase this board along with floatation device to transport an injured person in the water.

In fact, the board was recently used to rescue a teenager.

"We had a gentleman the other day. A teenager went out on a rope swing. The water level was lower. He broke his ankle right out in the middle of the river," Bartlett said.

The new equipment will allow the Rocky Ridge Fire District to also meet national standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

With the temperatures rising to the triple digits this weekend and with Labor Day coming up, Bartlett is advising anyone getting out on the water to be careful. He says to carry a cell phone if you get lost and to wear a floatation device at all times.

He also advises residents to not let time get away from them.

"Keep up with the time of day. We've had several calls that people get on floats. The get out and enjouing the river and then night falls on them and they don't know where they are. We've had to go out and find them," Bartlett said.

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