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Agawam Fire Dept. Prepared for Emergencies on the Water

Agawam Rescue BoatAGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — People will be hitting the water as the hot weather continues into the weekend.

They are being encouraged to avoid cooling off in rivers because of the potentially dangerous flows.

“When you are dealing with rivers and the current it can be extremely fast, ” said Agawam Fire Lt. Robert Ferrier.

The Agawam Fire Dept. is prepared for more people using the natural bodies of water in town.  The dept. trains for water emergencies several times each year.  Lt. Ferrier says if a call comes in an engine company and a rescue team hit the docks and launch the boat.

“We have the highest trained paramedics, EMTs that are waiting on the shore, so that when we do have to facilitate any kind of rescue they get immediate, advance level care right on the shore,” said Lt. Ferrier.

He says if you do dive into the river stay close to the shore, but he strongly suggests safer waters.

People were already doing just that at the Chicopee State Park, where lifeguards were put out early this year.

“Just coming to cool off and go swimming,” said Nathan LeBlanc, Chicopee.

LeBlanc and his friends picked the park because they know the water won’t was them away.

“It’s a lot more convenient, a lot safer than all the other places, like a lot of places you gotta go into the river, you don’t know if it’s shallow or what could be in the river,” said Ian Voorhien, Chicopee.

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