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Cobb firefighters practice water rescues

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CBS46 got an up-close look at important training that could one day save your life.

Members of the Cobb County Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team find themselves in all kinds of situations, including swift water rescues.

"We’ve responded on aircraft that have gone down in the mountains, we respond on hikers that are hurt and lost," said Lt. Ryan Fleeman.

Monday, they were on the Chattahoochee River, practicing water rescues involving a helicopter.

The firefighters were lowered into the water by a Georgia State Patrol helicopter and practiced rescuing each other.

Other agencies involved include Cobb County Police and the National Park Service. 

Fleeman said the practice is critical because they never know what they'll encounter.

"It's just trying to wrap your head around and get as much information as possible," he said. "You get there and you may think it's one situation and when you really get there you find out its another.”

"It's trying to get a mental picture and trying to get yourself psyched up and thinking about what's my game plan? You've got to have a game plan. It may go awry at some point but you can start with a good plan and that’s what we try to do, is have a good plan out of the gate," he said.

The Cobb County Fire Department's technical rescue team is one of the few in the state to perform this kind of rescue and goes all over the state with the GSP helicopter.

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