WCSO Hasty Team prepares for summer events

Randy Post, Hasty Team member said when there is a high volume of people at an event like River Fest around a dangerous body of water it is critical to always b
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:01 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Vendors have returned to Wingfield Park for the Reno River Festival, but rescue teams are on high alert as they prepare for the worst-case scenarios.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Hasty Team has been around for more than 50 years. They train every Thursday and on the weekend to save lives. They practice by going through various scenarios, including water rescues with divers and the use of helicopters.

Hasty Team member Randy Post said when there is a high volume of people at an event like River Fest around a dangerous body of water it is critical to always be aware.

Post said the river is running fast and the water current can be unpredictable, potentially leading to danger.

“You’ve got to remember there are little places with deep holes where if you walk into the river and step in the hole you are gone,” said Post.

While it looks beautiful from the Riverwalk, Post said the river has underwater hazards, like rocks that can cause serious injury. The Truckee River’s cold temperatures make it more difficult to save yourself when in trouble.

“Personal floatation device is always good especially for the smaller children because they are not as powerful as adults and also if you don’t know how to swim a personal floatation device is great,” Post explained.

One wrong move can lead to a trip to the ER. As we kick off the return of summer events, the Hasty team wants to remind you to be cautious and always have a plan.

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