EAGLE -- Springtime runoff from the mountains means many rivers around the state are running high and fast this time of year.
To be prepared in the event of someone going in the water, firefighters with the Eagle Fire Department spent Thursday training for swift water rescues on the Boise River.
(We're) running through all the fundamental river rescue skills that responders are needing to stay sharp on to include swimming, wading, throwing ropes, tethered rescue swims, how to rescue foot entrapment, explained Nate Ostis, a wilderness rescue field instructor who conducts swift water rescue courses around the country.
Today's training was about polishing skills and getting first responders ready for a busy season on the water.
We're running through all the basic drills again, said Ostis. It's really important for the rescue teams to stay sharp on these skills when it comes to professional response. It's important that these guys are feeling confident with the terrain.
Ostis offered up some advice for boaters, rafters, river floaters, or anyone else who spends time in the river.
We don't want to stand up in the middle of the river, he said. Foot entrapment is a really dangerous scenario and often times when folks are going a direction they don't want to be in the river, they stand right up and that's when you get your foot stuck on the river.
The best thing to do, according to Ostis, is to keep swimming all the way to shore.
Because mountain runoff water is cold, Ostis says its also important to dress for the water temperature, not just the air temperature.