Shawnee Fire Department practices water rescue drills at Lake Quivira

The Shawnee Fire Department practiced water rescue drills at Lake Quivira on Tuesday.

The exercise simulated an overturned boat with victims in the water. The fire department said there is an important message with Tuesday night’s training.

“Often times is that people who are in the water and are in distress aren’t wearing life safety vests, and part of this exercise is to emphasize the need for life safety vests for people operating on the water or on boats,” Sal Scarpa, Deputy Fire Chief, said.

In 2012, drowning was the third leading cause of death for Kansas children. 

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