Tulsa fire throws its cadets into the water

Posted at 1:05 PM, Dec 09, 2016

TULSA - The Tulsa Fire Department threw its new cadets into the water Friday for water training. 

Tulsa Fire Training Chief Bryan Lloyd says with Tulsa's economic development it seems the city is building more along the Arkansas River. For that reason they need to be ready for water emergencies. 

“If you’re an all hazards fire department you have to train for every possible scenario. So, hopefully they’ll never be placed in a situation like this, it’s a once in a career event, hopefully not even that," he said. 

They learned how to swim with 65 pounds of equipment on. It looked like fun, but proved to be challenging. 

The cadets were hired with a $2.7 million federal grant a few months ago to save the department from a firefighter shortage. 

They plan to graduate the 27 cadets and have them on trucks in April. 

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