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Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Firefighter Tony Franz (left) plays the role of rescuer to Dave Arneson's victim during the swiftwater rescue training session.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Northwest firefighter Steve Noble takes a step off a lifeguard post at a local pool as instructor Jim Hansel watches his technique. Rescuers learned to cross their arms and legs when entering the water from a substantial height.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Last week, about 30 Northwest firefighters practiced their swiftwater rescue techniques in a local pool. The firefighters enrolled in a five-week training class so they could receive certification for and serve on the Southern Arizona Rapid Response Team.