EAGLE -- Firefighters spent Wednesday out on the Boise River, fine-tuning their crews' rescue skills.
Teams practiced various, swift water rescue techniques by helping stand-in stranded or unconscious people in the middle of the river.
Emergency responders want to warn people, as the weather gets warmer, by saying the river can be very unpredictable and frequently catches people off-guard.
We have so many recreationalists that come out here and enjoy the river, you never know what's going to happen day to day. With the river flowing like it is, we're gonna have a lot more boaters, and kayakers and fishermen. And you always want to prepare for the worst, said Eagle Fire Department Captain Jeff Krochmal. I think a lot of people don't appreciate the power the water has behind it. And it's very easy to get yourself in a bad situation, if you aren't prepared.
The swift water rescue training is part of an ongoing program that teams go through every year.