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Flooding concerns swift water rescue team

Fire calls and medical emergencies are the norm for the men and women at station 10, but when you see nonstop rain hour after hour, hearts and emotions here head to another place.

Captain Kenny Curran heads up the dive and swift water rescue team in Charlotte.

"We train for water events just like fighting fires,"  he said.

When there's a flood watch like the one we've been under today, Curran is relieved by not having to answer the bell.

"It's a good day for us because nobody's gotten hurt and nobody's lost a life."

It is the goal of saving lives that keeps five boats that can be hitched up in a moments notice, and plenty of equipment not just for members to the dive team, but the helmets that are also used by those who end up in harms way.

First responders here say they too are at risk while performing water rescues.

Darin McIntosh has been with the unit three years and says,

"We wear thermals under our dry suits, and even with that you still get cold. Even after being in water. I think that's water pulls your body heat 25 times faster than air. Cold water will take way your body heat, even though you are wearing the thermals."

 All the more reason why Darin McIntosh says no  calls on a day like this is the greatest victory of all. " The perfect day is staying in the barn," McIntosh said.

The message firefighters want to get out if you see high water is don't drown, turn around.

   

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