Prague firefighters often intervene on water, they practice rescue on the canal in Troja

Prague firefighters often intervene on water, they practice rescue on the canal in Troja
Prague firefighters often intervene on water, they practice rescue on the canal in Troja

“Often someone falls from the bridge or ends up under it. Very often they are people under the influence of alcohol, whom we then fish in the water. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common phenomenon in central Prague. The worst situation is, of course, at night, when the person is much harder to find,” said the director of the Prague fire department, Luděk Prudil, at the Trojský canal, where regular training for firefighters in calm and wild water will take place until Thursday.

Other firefighting interventions on the water in the metropolis are related to the operation of ships, most often it concerns accidents involving the leakage of oil products. The third area of ​​work is interventions in places where people bathe. “Typically, this is the Modřany area, where we hunted swimmers several times this year, unfortunately in some cases even drowned ones,” said the director.

Firefighters also have a special diving group that also travels outside the metropolis to intervene on the Elbe and lakes. “However, every unit must handle the initial rescue on the water surface. Therefore, according to the riskiness of their territory, the units are equipped with the appropriate rescue means – boats or rescue paddleboards,” explained Prudil.

Rescue paddleboards differ from classic ones in that they have more grips on the sides or greater load capacity. Firefighters can use them even in winter on icy surfaces. It is on paddleboards and rafts that firefighters have been training in Troja since this morning. “All teams of firefighters from all Prague fire stations and from all shifts will gradually take turns here, so the training is planned for three days,” said the director.

In Troja, a new rescue boat was also presented for the first time today, which was purchased for the fire brigade for 450,000 crowns by the Prague Waterworks and Sewerage. It is the second such vessel that the Prague firefighters have. “It significantly helps us in rescue operations and interventions on the water. It has the peculiarity of having a tilting bow, which enables better handling on the water surface,” added Prudil.

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